Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Green Wave boys’ tennis team kept itself alive in the hunt for the Region 8-AAAA championship by earning a victory over Beaufort Thursday.
Summerville earned a 4-3 victory over the Eagles, who were previously undefeated in region play. The Green Wave improved to 7-6 with a 4-2 mark in region play while Beaufort fell to 6-5, 6-1.
Summerville now needs to defeat Bluffton and for Beaufort to drop one of its remaining matches in order to grab a share of the region title.
“We are still searching for more balance,” Summerville coach David Long said. “We are relying on the same players in most matches and we need the rest of the team to elevate their play. We have lost several matches by just one court and within those matches have been many third-set tiebreakers. Hopefully all these close matches against great competition will serve us well come playoff time.”
Green Wave junior Adam Elliget has not lost a set in 13 singles matches, and during that streak Summerville has played Bishop England, Porter-Gaud and Wando. The No. 1 singles player also dominated the Port Court Invitational in Wilmington that featured some of the best teams from North Carolina.
“Adam has proved he is the best player in the area and our region,” Long said. “I have got to believe he is the favorite to win the individual state singles crown.”
Against the Eagles, Summerville took a 3-2 lead after singles play with wins from Elliget, Walker Long and Brandon Sekula. The match clincher came at No. 1 doubles where the tandem of Elliget and Sekula earned a 6-0, 6-1 win.
The Wave travels to Bluffton on April 22 looking to avenge a loss to the Bobcats earlier this season.
SUMMERVILLE 4, BEAUFORT 3
Singles: Elliget d. Angus 6-0, 6-0. Bachety (B) d. Seith 6-2, 6-1. Long d. Louw 6-3, 6-2. Sekula d. Stovall 6-2, 6-4. Olin (B) d. Hazel 5-7, 6-4 (12-10).
Doubles: Elliget/Sekula d. Bachety/Lange 6-0, 6-1. Angus/Harris (B) d. Wiseman/Blumemburg 7-5, 6-1.
Records: Summerville 7-6 (4-2). Beaufort 6-5 (6-1). Next: Summerville at Bluffton April 22.