Braves blast Hilton Head to reach state championship

The Socastee High boys tennis team is headed to the Class 3A state championship after knocking off Hilton Head Island 4-2 on the road Thursday.

After defeating rival Myrtle Beach in the Lower State semifinals just 24 hours earlier, the Braves made the three-hour bus trip to Hilton Head and made quick work of the Seahawks.

Socastee’s 1-2-3 punch at singles again delivered straight sets victories for the second consecutive day. No. 1 Kyle Barr skunked Matt Oliver 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Robert Conley beat Stephen DeVincentis 6-0, 6-3; and No. 3 Coste Duvall downed Roman Battistelli 6-2, 6-3.

Hilton Head won Nos. 4 and 5 doubles but Socastee’s No. 2 doubles team of Josh Davis and Tommy Lazaroff scored a dramatic 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 tiebreaker win over Philip Tong and Matt Feldman to secure the match and advance to Saturday’s State Finals. The Braves will face the winner of Thursday’s Upper State final between Clinton and Chapin.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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