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Green Wave hands West Florence its first loss

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Green Wave boys’ tennis team advanced to the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs before being eliminated by the defending state champs.

Summerville earned a 4-1 win over West Florence Thursday.

Adam Elliget won the No.1 singles match in 22 minutes followed by Walker Long who also didn’t dillydally in notching a win.

Then West Florence got on the board when Mason McLamb beat Jack Hazel at No. 5.

The remaining singles matches were very competitive.

Up two courts to one, No. 2 Green Wave player Adam Seith rallied from being down in the second set by winning straight sets.

Down a set on the No. 4 court, Brandon Sekula won his second set and then fought off four match points in a 10-point tiebreaker to win 11-9 over senior team captain Billy Holland. Sekula won the last six points to clinch the match 4-1.

“We played really well today and beat a very good team that was previously undefeated at 18-0,” Summerville coach David Long said. “My hat is off to the West Florence team. What a season. They fought hard today, especially Holland, and they are a classy bunch of kids.”

On Monday defending 4A state champion South Aiken (16-0) turned the tables on the Green Wave (13-8), earning a 4-1 win on its home court. This season marks the second straight year South Aiken has eliminaged Summerville from the playoffs.

South Aiken earned a victory to eliminate Summerville for the second straight year.

The South Aiken depth proved too much as the tea won courts 2,4 and 5 quickly.

The Green Wave responded with Elliget gaining control in the No. 1 match and winning the first-set tiebreaker 7-1 and the second set 6-1. The junior will compete in the 4A singles tournament this week.

Long lasted 30 minutes trying to force the doubles but couldn’t close out the second set up 5-4.

Summerville’s coach said he is proud of his team, which made strides throughout the season.

“We knew we in for a fight and the better team won today,” Coach Long said. “I have a lot of respect for South Aiken’s coach. My kids played well but it wasn’t enough.”

Summerville losses four seniors to graduation this year.

“It is very difficult to see the careers end for the seniors who have a combined 21 years of experience,” Coach Long said. “We lose a lot but we also return some quality players and we have some eighth-raders who have worked hard all year in practice and they can’t wait to earn their spots the lineup. We will take a little time off and get back to work and try to build on the success of this year’s team. The goal is to build a consistent program and this is another good step in that direction.”

SUMMERVILLE 4, WEST FLORENCE 1

Singles: Elliget d. Grich 6-0, 6-1. Seith d. King 7-5, 6-4. Long d. Hiller 6-0, 6-1. Sekula d. Holland 5-7, 7-5, 11-9. McLamb (WF) d. Hazel 6-2, 6-2.

South Aiken 4 Summerville 1 (4A Lower State Semi-finals)

Adam Elliget (S) d. Stefan Zotovic 7-6(1) 6-1, Preston Tiffany (SA) d. Adam Seith 6-2 6-1, Petar Zotovic (SA) d. Walker Long 6-2 7-5, Johnny Bowman (SA) d. Brandon Sekula 6-1 6-2, Marco Zotovic (SA) d. Jack Hazel 6-0 6-1. Records Summerville 13-8, South Aiken 16-0. Next Summerville season over, South Aiken home Vs. Lexington Wednesday 4A Lower State Final.

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