Bishop England boys tennis breezes past Williston-Elko
Bishop England (7-0) breezed into the High School League’s Class AA Lower State boys tennis final Tuesday afternoon at LTP Tennis with a 5-0 victory over visiting Williston-Elko.
Senior Matthew Csernia, sophomore Noah Stiepel and senior Rowe Hicks yielded a total of only one game in the Nos. 3-5 singles positions to send coach Frank DiNardo’s Region 6 champion Bishops into Thursday’s Lower State title match.
Perennial power Waccamaw (14-3) scored a 6-0 win over Region 6 runner-up Academic Magnet (9-6) in a match played at Wachesaw Plantation to earn the other spot in the Lower State final that also will be played at LTP Tennis in Mount Pleasant.
“This really wasn’t a strong challenge for us,” DiNardo admitted about the rout. “But I think we’ll be ready for Waccamaw. We’re pumped up about playing them again.”
Bishop England and Waccamaw almost always seem to bump heads in the Lower State playoffs, with Waccamaw ending the Bishops’ season the last nine years in the playoffs.
All-Lowcountry senior Steven Weaver notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over the Blue Devils’ Christian Walters at No. 1 singles, while BE No. 2 Tristan Fletcher got a retirement from Williston- Elko’s Bryan DePew after escaping the first set in a tiebreaker.
BISHOP ENGLAND 5, WILLISTON-ELKO 0
SINGLES: Steven Weaver def. Christian Walters, 6-2, 6-1; Tristan Fletcher def. Bryan DePew, 7-6, ret.; Matthew Csernica def. Jacob Vargo, 6-0, 6-0; Noah Stiepel def. Kurt Oddermatt, 6-0, 6-1; Rowe Hicks def. Daniel Smith, 6-0, 6-0.
WACCAMAW 6, ACADEMIC MAGNET 0
SINGLES: Harrison Richmond def. Nick Butler, 6-0, 6-0; Paul Hendrix def. Alex Scott, 6-1, 6-1; Matt Fischer def. Hunter Legerton, 6-2, 6-0; Robert Jones def. Anthony Edwards, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4; Jazz Green def. Joe West, 6-1, 6-3.
DOUBLES: Alex Czechner/Joey Hewes def. Blake Steen/Bradford Game, 6-1, 6-0.
Reach James Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.