Summerville 3, Beaufort 4
1. Thomas McGinnis (SHS) def. Thomas Gnann 6-4, 1-6, (7)
2. Dontrell Whetsell (SHS) def. Griffin Stone 6-1, 3-6, (4)
3. Diego Ladino (BHS) def. Vineel Prathipati 6-4, 6-4
4. Merritt Patterson (BHS) def. Spicer Pagan 6-2, 7-5
5. Kordell Whetsell (SHS) def. Mitchell Russell 6-2, 1-6, (7)
1. Stone/Ladino (BHS) def. McGinnis/D. Whetsell 6-4, 6-2
2. Casey Hoogenboom and Bodie Naniel (BHS) def. William Wimberly and Edward Naval (SHS) 6-0, 7-5
Boy did my two seniors, cousins Dontrell and Kordell Whetsell, come to play. Both boys went to a 3rd set tiebreak and came out on top.
Dontrell had to step his game up to the next level for the second time against Beaufort because of the ankle injury of Sam Dimuzio. The first time these two boys, Dontrell and Griffin played, Griffin came out victorious in 2 sets, winning 6-4, 6-2. Tonight, however, Dontrell came out with a vengeance. Dontrell ran down every ball and made his way to the net, where he dominated the match. Griffin couldn’t get the ball by him. The next set, Dontell played well, but came out on the wrong end of a few close points and lost the set. I thought he still dominated at the net, but Griffin changed up his game and made less unforced errors than he did in the first set. In the tie-break, Dontrell really showed how clutch he was again. He’s played in these matches before and knew what he had to do.
Kordell came out of the gate strong as well. Like his cousin, Kordell ran down EVERY SINGLE BALL. There were so many shots that Mitchell hit to Kordell that I thought he would never get to. However, the ball got back to Beaufort’s side of the court, and Kordell would win the point on sheer hustle and heart. He was hitting confidently and keeping a cool head. In the second set, Kordell eased up a bit and that helped Mitchell set points up for himself a little better. When the match was tied up after 2 sets, Kordell really stepped his game up. He played a close tiebreak, and just stayed consistent. He played high percentage ball, changed the pace, and came out on top.
It’s tough to be happy after a loss; especially a close one. However, we learned so much about ourselves tonight. McGinnis continues to grow mentally and physically in his game. He played smart tennis, chess-like, tennis tonight. Our #2 doubles team struggled in the first set. I saw some really great shots and rallies, but we just weren’t finishing. They really got back into the match in the second set and played really well. Although they lost, they really fought back and put themselves in a position to go to a tiebreak. Tonight wasn’t their night, though.
I could talk forever about all my boys tonight and how impressed I am in their growth. We learned a lot tonight about ourselves and what we have to do for each other in order to move forward and get a few playoff wins. We’ll go back to work tomorrow so we are ready for Cane Bay on Thursday.
We are not satisfied with this loss tonight, but won’t let it get in the way of moving forward.