Socastee claims school’s first state title since 1982

Socastee High defeated Chapin 4-3 on Saturday to capture its first state championship in boys tennis since 1982, which was the last team state title for the school in any sport.

Socastee’s No. 1 singles Kyle Barr defeated Sean Koch 6-2, 6-0, and No. 2 singles Robert Conley defeated Jeff Koch 6-4, 6-1. The two then teamed up to defeat the Koch brothers 6-2, 2-6, 10-4 in a tiebreaker that decided the Class 3A state title.

Socastee’s No. 3 Coste Duvall defeated Augie Kipler 6-0, 6-1 to give the Braves a clean sweep of the top three singles matches, but Chapin battled back to win Nos. 4 and No. 5 singles in straight sets.

Chapin’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Jason Flowers and Pat Knight took a 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 tiebreaker over Tommy Lazaroff and Josh Davis to even the match at 3-all. That’s when Barr and Conley delivered the knockout blow to bring the big trophy back to Socastee.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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