Barr, Conley carry Braves to Lower State tennis finals

The Socastee High boys tennis team is headed to the Lower State championship.

The Braves won their second straight Lower State tournament match by a narrow 4-3 score over Bluffton on Wednesday, two days after doing the same in the first round to Hilton Head.

Socastee’s No. 1 Kyle Barr and No. 2 Robert Conley won their respective singles matches and teamed up to win No. 1 doubles over the Bobcats. They are undefeated in both doubles and singles in the postseason.

“We were hoping to get this far and we knew we had a good chance all season,” said Socastee coach Lynn Rigsbee. “(Barr and Conley) haven’t lost at singles or doubles in the region or in the playoffs, so they’ve really led us.”

Socastee’s No. 3 singles player C.J. Knipper won his match to give the Braves the victory. They travel to Chapin on Thursday for the right to advance to Saturday’s Class AAA state championship match.

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