Friday, March 14, 2014
With eight returning players and the addition of a major college prospect, the Green Wave boys’ tennis team should be competitive this season.
“We have the potential to be a very good team but we have to prove it on the court,” Summerville coach David Long said. “Our main goal is to learn how to win big matches that we could not win last year not only outside the region but against our region as well. Measurable goals include a region title and a strong showing in the state playoffs.”
Last year the squad placed third in region 8-AAAA and advanced to the round of the state playoffs before losing to eventual state champion South Aiken. This year’s 12 team members include four newcomers.
The returnees are led by a pair of all-region players in senior Adam Seith and sophomore Walker Long, who was named team MVP last year. Seniors Brandon Sekula and Austin Wiseman also return and were both in the starting singles lineup last year. Senior Brandon Blumenburg returns after playing No. 2 doubles most of last year.
The other returning players are sophomores Jack Hazel and Hunter Moeller and Alston Middle School eighth-grader Stephen Wills. Hazel and Moeller both saw action last year in doubles play.
The new players are led by junior transfer Adam Elliget, a Division 1 tennis prospect who is currently ranked sixth in South Carolina USTA junior boys and 321st nationally. He transferred from Pinewood Prep. The other newcomers are all eighth-graders at Rollings Middle School.
Taylor Reynolds, Dennison Yangco and Chris Edwards, along with Wills, will add depth and provide great promise for the future of Green Wave tennis. Reynolds’ sister Paige, a seventh-grader, was the No. 2 player for the Lady Green Wave in the fall.
Summerville improved to 3-1 on the season with a 5-1 win over James Island Tuesday. The Green Wave dropped the No. 5 singles match.
On March 17, Summerville travels to River Bluff, which has one of the stronger teams in the Columbia area. The Wave will host a match with Bishop England March 18 and then open region play at Colleton County March 20.
“I intentionally created a very difficult non-region schedule that includes Porter Gaud, Bishop England, Wando, and River Bluff to test our abilities and gauge where we stand before the playoffs,” Long said.