High School Tennis

Bluffton coasts past Conway in first round of tennis playoffs

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMay 1, 2013 

Bob Brown was confident his team would win on Tuesday. But a sweep?

The Bluffton tennis coach wasn't so sure.

"When I saw their Nos. 1 2, I thought this would be a tough day," Brown said. "They had two really good players. At first I thought we'd probably get one out of the two, but then we got two."

Bluffton's top two players -- Aaron Newland and Richard Snyder -- won their matches in tiebreakers and the Bobcats swept Conway 6-0 in the first round of the Class 4-A Lower State boys tennis playoffs at Bluffton High School.

The Bobcats (14-3) will host Lexington, a 6-0 winner over Lugoff-Elgin, on Thursday.

Newland outlasted a cramping Luke Campbell 7-5, 2-6, 10-5, while Snyder beat Ethan Smith, the Tigers' quarterback on the gridiron, 4-6, 6-1, 10-4. Conway's top two were big, hard-hitting players.

Brown was particularly impressed with the win by Snyder, who dropped the first set before turning the tables on Smith.

"Richard did a good job handling that match," Brown said. "What he figured out was that he was going to let this guy do all the heavy lifting. (Smith) got heavier and heavier legged and he just ran out of gas."

After the first set, Snyder played the rest of the match with little pace at all and waited for Smith to tire and make mistakes.

"Richard has come a long way with his patience. He used to be the one to blow up on the court. He might be the best athlete on our team."

Brown said every team has a good No. 1 and No. 2, but believes it's the rest of the Bluffton lineup that sets the Bobcats apart.

"We're very strong down the line," Brown said. "We don't have a big weakness. We have the best No. 3 that there is. We have the best doubles team we've had at this school. They're smart and they communicate well.

"I told them, 'This is the best tennis team in the history of Bluffton High School.' We're not a cocky team, but we played with a quiet confidence today."

Bluffton 6, Conway 0

Singles: No. 1 Aaron Newland def. Luke Campbell 7-5, 2-6, 10-5; No. 2 Richard Snyder def. Ethan Smith 4-6, 6-1, 10-4; No. 3 Davis Rosenbloom def. Spencer Causey 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 Morgan Philoxene def. Sawyer Jordan 6-3, 6-1; No. 5 Dakota Story def. Drew Smith 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 2 -- Diego Garcia/Matthew Bornstein def. Marshall Hardee/Chanan James 6-1, 6-4.

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