The Green Wave boys’ tennis team wasn’t able to grab the region crown, but should enter the playoffs with its head held high.
Summerville won its final two games of the season this week to improve to 8-2 in Region 8-AAAA but Beaufort beat Bluffton 4-3 Tuesday to move to 9-1 and clinch the region championship.
The Eagles will host the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AAAA in the first round of the playoffs May 6. Summerville finishes as the Region 8 runner-up and will host the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAAA, which will likely be Lugoff-Elgin. Bluffton finishes third in Region 8 and Ashley Ridge finishes fourth and will travel to the winner of Region 7, likely Wando, for the first round.
“Our regular season is over and we have a week to prepare for the playoffs,” Summerville coach David Long said. “We are very disappointed we did not get at least a share of the region crown and that stings quite a bit. Hats off to Beaufort who went out and earned the region title.”
Summerville does still have things to be proud of this season. Had Bluffton won Tuesday Summerville would have been the region’s top seed in the playoffs. The Wave split with both Beaufort and Bluffton this year and was fairly dominant in its other region matches. Summerville finishes its schedule with an 11-7 record after facing such non-region teams as Porter-Gaud, Bishop England and Wando.
Green Wave No. 1 singles player Adam Elliget didn’t lose a single set this season until April 23 when he lost a highly contested match to Wando’s Jacob Jahn, who Elliget had previously defeated in straight sets. Elliget will enter the playoffs with a 14-1 record.
Long is hoping his team will finish the year in style.
“We have a lot of talent and experience on this team and we have had some success this season against a very difficult schedule but the fact remains we have fallen short of our goals to this point,” He said. “We certainly should be very motivated to do well in the playoffs.”
Summerville is currently on a two-game winning streak after defeating Colleton County 7-0 Monday and Fort Dorchester 5-1 Tuesday.
Boys’ Tennis Results
Fort Dorchester 1
SINGLES: Tommy McManus (FD) d. Adam Seith 6-4 7-6(5), Walker Long (S) d. Spence Howell 6-0 6-0, Brandon Sekula (S) d. Andrew Samuels 6-1 6-0, Austin Wiseman (S) d. Quincy Moorer 6-0 6-0, Jack Hazel (S) d. Cam Arnold 6-0 6-0, DOUBLES: Taylor Reynolds/Stephen Wills (S) d. J Segundo/Z Segundo 6-0 6-0.
Colleton County 0
SINGLES: Adam Seith d. Kenny Johnson 6-0 6-0, Walker Long d. Charles Bailey 6-1 6-0, Jack Hazel d. Thomas Warren 6-0 6-1, Stephen Wills d. Matthew Crosby 6-0 6-1, Taylor Reynolds d. Nick Fanchette 6-0 6-0 DOUBLES: Wills/Reynolds d. Johnson/Bailey 8-6, Dennison Yangco/Chris Edwards d. Tiger Barnes/Joseph Sanders 6-0 6-0.