Brant Fenno skipped high school tennis last season and he has another season still to go at Porter-Gaud, but on Friday Fenno will be going for his third SCISA Class AAA boys tennis state championship.
Fenno is a 6-2 junior now and the Cyclones' leader at No. 1, blasting mighty left-handed strokes in his new power game. Hammond School's William Lynch often hardly had a chance to put Fenno's big groundstrokes and serves back in play in a 6-0, 6-3 loss to Fenno on Wednesday at the Porter-Gaud complex at Albemarle Point.
That victory set the stage for the Cyclones' 6-0 romp past outmanned Hammond, which managed to win only a total of 11 games against coach Jonathan Barth's 12-3 Porter-Gaud outfit.
The Cyclones now are only one win away from capturing their 17th state title in the last 23 years and their third straight state title.
"Brant has gotten stronger and he's playing real well," said fourth-year head coach Barth.
"Our team played well today and it has most of the season. I hope we can finish it on Friday with a state championship."
Fenno said he's "super excited" to be going for his third state title. He won the first one as a seventh-grader.
"I think we've got a good chance. It's been great playing for Porter-Gaud."
Fenno has had an excellent season, including a victory over fellow left-hander Kerim Hyatt of Hanahan, the 2016 Lowcountry player of the year.
"I'm playing quite well, working really hard and hitting the ball well," Fenno said.
The Cyclones' opponent and site for the state final have not been announced.
PORTER-GAUD 6, HAMMOND 0
SINGLES: Brant Fenno (PG) def. William Lynch, 6-0, 6-3; Manning Snyder (PG) def. Julian Owens, 6-0, 6-1; Malone Vingi (PG) def. Devohn Goodwin, 6-3, 6-1; Alex des Francs (PG) def. Benjamin Gardner, 6-2, 6-0; Jack Kammerer (PG) def. David Estefana, 6-1, 6-0; Lucius Harvin (PG) def. Ryan Asbill, 6-0, 6-0.
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