Perennial power Waccamaw dealt Academic Magnet a 6-0 loss Thursday afternoon at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet in the Class AA boys tennis Lower State final, but the Region 6-AA runner-up Raptors weren't embarrassed.
"Our guys are real happy with the way they played," veteran Academic Magnet coach Sharon Williams said. "We've had a great season, and with all of our players back we should be even better next year."
The Raptors (11-4) sent a starting lineup of four juniors and one freshman up against the talented Warriors, who had won three straight state titles before the streak was interrupted last year when the High School League declared Waccamaw had to forfeit what would have been its fourth straight title.
Waccamaw (12-3) now faces either Christ Church or St. Joseph's in Saturday's Class AA state final at Sumter's Palmetto Tennis Center.
Academic Magnet junior Nick Butler suffered a 6-1, 6-2 loss at No. 1 singles to Waccamaw junior Harrison Richmond, a former boys' 14 nationally top-ranked player. Butler will represent the Raptors in the SCHSL state singles tournament May 20-21 in Lexington.
Junior Joseph West made a fight of it at No. 5 singles before dropping a 6-3, 6-4 decision to the Warriors' Woody Tudor.
Waccamaw's lineup included the No. 2 doubles team of Robert Jones and Matt Fisher that decided the Warriors' 4-3 state quarterfinal victory over Bishop England a day earlier. Jones and Fisher posted an 8-1 win over the Raptors' Blake Steen and Will Want.
Singles: Harrison Richmond (W) def. Nick Butler, 6-1, 6-2; Mike Moran (W) def. Alex Scott, 6-1, 6-1; Jaz Greene (W) def. Anthony Edwards, 6-0, 6-2; Mitchell Saum (W) def. Hunter Legerton, 6-0, 6-0; Woody Tudor (W) def. Joseph West, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles: Robert Jones/Matt Fisher (W) def. Blake Steen/William Want, 8-1.