Blue Eagle tennis riding early success

genegraham@comporium.netMarch 19, 2014 

— The Clover High School boys’ tennis team has set the tone for the new season with impressive wins, much to the delight of head coach Phil Wingard.

Wingard has established a solid program, with the Blue Eagles contending for region titles and playoffs on a regular basis.

The Blue Eagles varsity team began the regular season by shutting out tradition-rich Fort Mill 6-0 and following with a 9-0 drubbing of Forestview.

In the win against Fort Mill, No. 1 singles player Andres Leon defeated former teammate and now rival Jay Karwatsky 6-1, 6-0, losing only one game to one of the best players in the county.

Justin White overwhelmed Eric Lewis 6-1, 6-0 and Patrick Smith bested his opponent 6-1, 6-2.

Rob Long frustrated his opponent with more than lobs, winning convincingly, 6-0, 6-2.

At No. 5 singles, Garrett Smith’s come-from-behind effort allowed him to defeat Fort Mill’s Matt Brautigan 4-6, 6-1, 10-2 in a hard-fought match.

Clover’s No. 2 doubles team, Sean Elder and Holden McGill, defeated Fort Mill’s Matt Hicks and Kurtis Pharr in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

“The Blue Eagle netters continued their fine play against Forestview in the second match of the season March 13,” said Wingard.

Clover was dominant in that meeting, winning six singles matches and three doubles against Forestview.

Justin White stepped up to play No. 1 singles, defeating Forestview’s Griffin Harwell 6-1, 6-0.

Patrick Smith moved up to No. 2 singles and shut out Brandon Fulcomer in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

“Rob Long continued the trend of moving up, defeating Forestview’s Sam Maney 6-2, 6-3 in a No. 3 singles match,” Wingard said.

Garrett Smith won a close match, moving up to No. 4 singles, besting Justin Fulcomer 6-1, 3-6, 10-4.

There was another marathon match at No. 5 singles, with Sean Elder defeating Austin Conner 4-6, 6-3, 10-2.

Holden McGill made it a complete sweep of singles play, defeating Christian Bailey 6-1, 6-0.

Playing No. 1 doubles, White and Smith defeated the Forestview pair of Brandon and Justin Fulcomer, 8-3.

Moving up from the junior varsity team at No. 2 doubles, Andy Brom and Cameron Scobie defeated Maney and Conner 8-7.

Closing out the match for the Blue Eagles at No. 3 doubles, Jay Roland and Karlson Pounders defeated Forestview’s Bailey and Jake Long, 8-3.

“Our kids improved to 2-0 in region play with the win over Forestview,” Wingard said of the team’s early success.

The next action for the Clover boys’ tennis team will be 5 p.m. Thursday at home against Rock Hill.

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