It’s not unusual to see Phil Wingard’s Clover High School boys’ tennis team making a splash in the early stages of the season.
Such was the case last weekend, as the Blue Eagles finished as back-draw champions in the Florence Invitational Tennis Tournament.
The Blue Eagles fell to Bluffton 4-2 in a competitive first-round match at the 16-team Florence-based tournament.
Playing No. 1 singles, Clover’s Andres Leon defeated Bluffton’s Aaron Newland, 8-5. In No. 2 singles, Bluffton’s Richard Snyder bested Justin White, 8-3, while Davis Rosenblum of Bluffton defeated Patrick Smith 8-5 in No. 3 singles.
The No. 4 singles match went to Bluffton’s Matthew Burnstein 8-5 against Rob Long, with No. 5 Morgan Philuxene surviving against Clover’s Garrett Smith in a grueling 8-6 showdown.
Clover’s No. 2 doubles team of Sean Elder and Holden McGill prevailed in an 8-7 nail-biter against Sean Greiner and Dakota Story.
The Blue Eagles raised the intensity level in back-draw competition, beginning with a 4-2 win against Wilson.
The scoring summary:
The Blue Eagles defeated Nation Ford 5-1:
Clover survived against Charlotte Latin, 4-3:
No. 1 doubles for the match: White and P. Smith (CL) defeated Robinson and Gass (NF), 8-6.
The Clover boys’ tennis team will host Forestview at 5 p.m. Thursday at the CHS courts.