Seahawks top Wilson 4-0, advance to 3-A state championship Saturday

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMay 15, 2014 

Hilton Head Island's Tate Steinour swings to hit the ball during their match against Wilson High School in the 3-A Lower State Championship on Wednesday night at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort on Hilton Head Island.

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The rains eventually came Wednesday night at the Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort.

Just not soon enough to help Wilson.

With Hilton Head Island leading the 3-A boys tennis Lower State Championship 3-0 behind victories at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles, the Seahawks' Brad Malool and Ian Schenkel closed out a tough-fought 7-5, 6-4 win over Wilson's Sado Ji and Taveon Haile at No. 2 doubles to clinch the victory.

Moments later, the skies opened and the top two singles matches were abandoned, giving Hilton Head Island the 4-0 win.

The Seahawks will face Wednesday night's winner between Myrtle Beach and Airport at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Lexington.

"Twenty-five years. None of these boys were even alive then," Hilton Head Island coach Jennifer Weitekamper said, referring to the Seahawks' last state championship in 1989.

While anything can happen in the playoffs, Weitekamper and the Seahawks knew once they got past their playoff nemesis, Socastee, 4-3 on Monday, the hardest part of their job was done.

"This was not a cake walk," Weitekamper said, "but there was definitely a little bit more of a comfort zone."

Malool and Schenkel had the rare opportunity to close out a 4-0 match at No. 2 doubles thanks to long matches at Nos. 1 and 2. And with storms in the area, the players battled the elements a bit toward the end of the match.

"We played through the wind, but we played Seahawk tennis," Malool said. "It's our time. ... There's no way we're walking in at 10 in the morning Saturday and leaving without a win."

Weitekamper thanked the Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort for accommodating the moving of the match.

Hilton Head Island High 4, Wilson 0

Singles: No. 1 -- Tate Steinour (HHH) vs. Ryan Space, 6-3, 2-4, abandoned; No. 2 -- Matt Oliver (HHH) vs. Zachary Zaho 6-7, 3-1, abandoned; No. 3 -- Will Danzell (HHH) def. Jarrett Russell 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 -- Stevie DeVincentis (HHH) def. J. Davis Ivey 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 -- Hunter Parrott (HHH) def. William C. Scott 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: No. 2 -- Brad Malool/Ian Schenkel (HHH) def. Sado Ji/Taveon Haile 7-5, 6-4.

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