Wow . . . What a season! I’m really not ready for it to be done. The boys played their hearts out all year, and tonight left it all on the court.
#1 – Stephen played a great match tonight, making few errors and forcing a bunch with his consistent deep balls. He moved well in the heat, took his time when needed, and stayed in control throughout the match.
#2 – Taylor got overpowered tonight. He was running from side-to-side, trying to get every ball. Warstler was just spot on. Any short ball Taylor gave him, he pounded to where we weren’t. Taylor left it all out there, but it wasn’t enough to get him a win tonight.
#3 – Thomas played the best I’ve seen him played. He kept his head on straight, and played smart, consistent tennis. He ran for every ball, took pace off hard hit balls, and got himself back to neutral or into an offensive position when Chan put him on defense. I enjoyed seeing him grow this last few weeks. Thomas was solid for us tonight.
#4 – Rahi played his heart out, too! He played a great first set. He was in control of most points, but just was the first to make the error. Sometime this works in your favor, but tonight, Patel grew more confident every time Rahi missed. Rahi got nervous in the second set and Patel really hit solid, offensive shots. The tiebreak was fun to watch, with both players hitting aggressive shots. Unfortunately, this one didn’t go Rahi’s way.
#5 – Chris played a great match tonight and took this loss hard. He put the match on his shoulders and tried to carry that weight through his match. He ran into the fence, dove for balls, and fell multiple times trying to get to every ball. Chris has played the most tie-breaks of any of my players, and I had faith that he could pull it out. This one, though, again went Socastee’s way.
In doubles tonight, Socastee split their #1 and #2 up and put them at 1 and 2 doubles. This was a great strategy for them as Warstler dominated the court at #2. Stephen and Taylor cleaned up at #1, but Warstler was too strong for Dontrell and Sam.
We had a great year but it ended too soon. We have a lot of work to do in the off season if we want to get back to where we were this year and go further. We are going to be losing three of the best teammates and leaders a team could ask for in Wills, Reynolds, and Edwards. They’ve given so much to this program and the players below them. Proud to be a part of this squad, man!
Wills (Sum) def. Johnson 6-2, 6-2
Wartler (Soc) def. Reynolds 6-2, 6-0
McGinnis (Sum) def. Chan 6-1, 6-1
Patel (Soc) def. Gajjar 4-6, 6-1, 10-4
Osborne (Soc) def. Edwards 6-4, 7-6(6)
Wills/Reynolds (Sum) def. Johnson/Alan Lucas 6-1, 6-0
Warstler/Jimmy (Soc) Dun def. Whetsell/Dimuzio 6-0, 6-1