Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The cheers from the Green Wave tennis match were louder than those coming from the soccer game being played directly in front of Blanton Courts.
Most high school tennis matches are quiet affairs but Thursday’s battle between Summerville and Bluffton featured a bit of a ruckus.
Bluffton defeated Summerville 4-3, but not before two singles matches and a doubles match went into tiebreaker sets.
By the time the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches reached tiebreakers, members from each side who were done playing began boisterously cheering on their teammates. Parents also became vocal with their support.
By the time the pivotal No. 2 doubles match was nearing an end it was getting dark. The Summerville/Bluffton boys’ soccer match that was held only yards away had reached an end so members of the two soccer teams made their way to the courts and joined in on the fun.
The doubles teams went back and forth until the Bluffton pair of Richard Snyder and Matthew Ball finally pulled out a 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory over Brandon Sekula and Jack Hazel to clinch the victory for the Bobcats.
Earlier in the day, Sekula claimed a 7-5, 5-7, 10-8 victory over Morgan Philoxene at No. 4 singles and Summerville’s Adam Elliget won the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-1. Elliget also teamed up with Austin Wiseman for a 6-2, 6-3 Green Wave victory in the No. 1 doubles match.
The other match settle by a tiebreaker came at No. 3 singles where Bluffton’s Davis Rosenbloom won 7-6, 1-6, 10-6 over Walker Long.
Expectations are high for the Summerville team, which carried a 4-4 record into play this week. The Green Wave is 1-2 in Region 8-AAAA.
“The team has played some very good tennis against some excellent competition but last week revealed we are not yet where we want to be,” Summerville coach David Long said. “We suffered region losses to Beaufort and Bluffton and had a non-region loss to Bishop England, all three by the score of 4-3. Newcomer Adam Elliget has provided stability at the top but we need more consistent play from the rest of the lineup.”
Three members of the team have had a particularly strong start this season. Elliget is 8-0 while both Long and Sekula are 6-2.
“I still believe we have the nucleus to contend for the region title but we are going to have to make some strides of improvement,” Coach Long said. “It is really about how you do in the state playoffs but the region determines the seeding which is important. I reminded our four seniors that they only have one month left in their high school career.”
On Thursday, Summerville hosts Fort Dorchester for another region match.