Socastee edges Hilton Head, advances in tennis playoffs

The Socastee boys tennis team narrowly advanced in the Class AAA state playoffs on Thursday with a 4-3 victory over Hilton Head Island.

Socastee’s No. 1 Kyle Barr and No. 2 Robert Conley won their respective singles matches in straight sets, then teamed up to do the same in No. 2 doubles to deliver three of the Braves’ four needed matches to advance in the state tournament.

Socastee’s No. 2 doubles team of CJ Knipper and Andy Buffalino rallied for a hard-fought 1-6, 6-2, 10-7 tiebreaker victory over Hilton Head’s Marshall McGarity and Ian Schankel, sending the Braves on to face an opponent to be determined.

Barr defeated Roman Batiselli 6-3, 6-0, and Conley downed Brody Ledbetter 6-2, 6-1, before joining forces for a 6-1, 6-1 doubles victory over their same singles opponents.

Hilton Head’s No. 3 singles Brad Malool took a 5-7, 6-2 decision over Connor Barr, No. 4 Steven Devincentis topped Tommy Lazaroff 3-6, 7-5, 6-10, and No. 5 Max Schermer defeated Josh Davis 6-4, 4-6, 5-10.

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