|SHS tennis hosts Stratford in first round
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
By TREVOR ZION BAUKNIGHT
Item Sports Writer
After a solid regular season, the Sumter High School varsity boys tennis team begins play today in the 4A state playoffs. Sumter earned the No.2 seed in the lower state with a 13-4 overall record and a 6-2 record in Region VI. (full story)
In the first round, the Gamecocks will host Stratford, the No.3 team from the traditionally-strong Charleston-area Region VII, at 4:30 p.m. at the Sumter High tennis courts.
Sumter’s only region losses came against No.1 seed West Florence, the defending 4A state champion. Sumter coach Wayne Brown said he was pleased with the way his team came together this season.
“We’re very pleased with the record,” Brown said. “I think we surprised ourselves. I know we had three matches that went down to No.1 doubles, and one of those even went down to a tiebreaker in the third set.
“Against Hartsville, we were down 9-6 in the tiebreaker and came back to win 11-9 and clinch the No.2 spot in the region,” Brown added. “If we hadn’t done that, we’d have probably tied for No.2 and, who knows, we might have ended up on the road (today).”