Braves boys tennis season ends in Lower State finals

The Socastee boys tennis team’s run through the Lower State playoffs came to an end Thursday, one step away from the Class AAA championship match.

The Braves suffered a 5-1 defeat at Chapin in the Lower State finals after their formula for success was halted by the Eagles.

Socastee, which had won every No. 1 and 2 singles and No. 1 doubles match of the region and postseason, won only one of those three matches on Thursday.

No. 1 singles Kyle Barr took a 6-0, 6-1 straight sets win over Sean Koch, but Chapin’s Jeffrey Koch took No. 2 singles over Socastee’s Robert Conley in a hard-fought 7-5, 1-6, 10-4 tiebreaker. Barr and Conley didn’t get to play doubles since Chapin had already sewn up the victory.

In other sngles matches, Chapin’s No. 3 Alex Arkin defeated CJ Knipper 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 Augie Kibler downed Andy Buffalino 6-2, 6-1; and No. 5 Michael Nichols swept Tommy Lazaroff 6-1, 6-1. In No. 2 doubles, Chapin’s Zac Murray and Duncan Brown beat Conner Barr and Josh Davis 6-3, 6-0.

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