Summerville 5, Ashley Ridge 1
#1. Thomas McGinnis (SHS) def. Garrett Morris 7-5, 6-4
#2. Hampton Plyler (AR) def. Dontrell Whetsell 6-4, 7-5
#3. Rahi Gajjar (SHS) def. Mack Wanish 6-3, 6-4
#4. Vineel Prathipati (SHS) def. Dylan Johns 7-5, 6-2
#5. Spicer Pagan (SHS) def. Ryan Daley 6-3, 6-4
#2. Edward Naval / William WImberly (SHS) def. N. Moehling / C. Medved 7-6(1), 6-1
The Green Wave pulled together tonight and showed some grit in a close match versus the Swamp Foxes. It was cold, windy, and Captain Sam Dimuzio sat out because of an injury. #1 Thomas McGinnis was back in action after missing a few matches and that really helped us tonight. He didn’t play as well as he has ever played, but he kept his composure better than I’ve ever seen him play. Had he let the pressure get to him, the match would have ended much differently. He was a great leader tonight.
Dontrell really played a better match than he thought he did tonight. His body didn’t seem to loosen up in the cold weather, and he hit a lot of strokes from the hip. However, he didn’t give up and kept pushing each and every point. That’s tough to do when nothing goes your way. Some of the pros struggle with it, even. I thought he had the second set and was ready to go to a tie-break, but a tough loss on duece point gave Plyer too big of a gap to overcome. I know Dontrell wants this match back. Tonight, though, our Captain was lifted up by the rest of his team; and that’s why I love team tennis.
Rahi played another great match at #3 singles. it was an up and down match right away and Rahi just kept throwing punch after punch. It took him a bit to figure how the wind affected his ball, and when he did, he let the wind help him. Rahi was a match that I didn’t have to worry about tonight because I could tell he was in control. It’s great to have that when all the other matches are close.
Vineel scared me tonight a bit. He was playing great tennis, having fun, and talking with his opponent, but dug himself a 1-5 deficit in the first set. He changed his game up, focused, and was able to pull the set off 7-5. The second set was another great set, but Vinny didn’t let the score get as close as it did in the first, winning it 6-2.
Spicer played a great match again tonight. His opponent had figured out the wind on the far side of the court and brought Spicer to the net and then lobbed him. Spicer ran down so many balls. I saw him make a lot of mistakes that I normally don’t see him make. The wind really messed with our contact points, especially with an opponent that hit the ball with less pace. In the second set, Spicer got down 1-4. After a little discussion between games, he was able to pump himself up, focus and take the set.
Our #2 doubles team was impressive yet again as well. We were in control of the first set for 9 games before dropping two in a row and going down 5-6. Attitudes were down on court and the boys needed to pick themselves up. They changed their attitudes, hit a few good shots and confidence started to soar. They won the game, took the tie-break 7-1, and never looked back. Both William and Edward hit amazing groundstrokes tonight and Edwards volleys were, again, incredible! Some of the shots I saw these two 8th graders hit tonight made me very excited for the future of Green Wave Tennis.