Man, what a night! The boys played some really good tennis but lost to a very good Wando team. I thought McGinnis and Dimuzio played strong matches and played more aggressive than I’ve seen them play. Pendergast and Shaw were just too strong tonight. This is one of the best #1-#2 combos in the state. Dontell Whetsell also played a great match at #3. He hit the ball solidly tonight, but was moved back and forth all night long. When he got in control of the point, he did well. He just didn’t get those opportunities enough.
Rahi played great tennis as well. HIs score was much closer than it looks. He lost about 5 duece points before he started taking over. Rahi hit tough angles, hit hard, solid groundstrokes, but just got beat on the big points. I’m confident that Rahi will learn from this one tonight. He fought of 8 match points before finally dropping the match. This guy never gives up!
Vineel Prathipati got a big win for us tonight. He took control of the first set, but his opponent changed his game in the second. If Vineel hadn’t stayed aggressive, I think that Stickler would have finished him off. However, Prathipati kept the ball in play and hit big shots when he had the opportunity. His inside-out forehand and serve won the match for him tonight.
At #2 doubles, Sebastian Key and Spicer Pagan got a great win against Wando. It was the two’s first match together and they really complimented each other. Key had some great shots at the net. He has soft hands and is very accurate with his volleys. Pagan is so good at placing the ball. He continually hit to the two open targets on the court and hit big shots when we needed big points. I was so proud of them for getting to every ball. They had some great net wars and came out on top of most of them.
1. L. Pendergast (WHS) def. T. McGinnis 6-0, 6-1
2. A. Shaw (WHS) def. S. Dimuzio 6-0, 6-0
3. J. Johnson (WHS) def. D. Whetsell 6-1, 6-0
4. H. Brahen (WHS) def. R. Gajjar 6-2, 6-4
5. V. Prathipati (SHS) def. A. Stickler 6-2, 4-6, (7)
#2. S. Pagan and S. Key (SHS) def. S. Burles and D. Ginn 6-3, 6-4
Summerville 2, Wando 4