Fresh off an undefeated season in region 3-AAAA, the Fort Mill boys tennis team glided into the playoffs confident and focused.
It paid off, as the Jackets advanced into the second round with a 5-1 win against Ridgeview last Tuesday at Fort Mill.
The Jackets’ top-ranked player, Robbie Davis, drew a tough matchup, Ridgeview’s number one, Lane Hinson, who dropped Davis in two sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Aside from that match, the afternoon was completely dominated by the Jackets.
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Fort Mill’s number two, three and four players – Kyle Orsburn, Daniel Proctor and Tyler Davis – each won their matches in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
“Our goal is to make it to May 16. The main thing is to be healthy and be focused,” Head Coach Willie Ware said as the team began its playoff push.
Both goals seemed to be working out well for the team against Ridgeview.
In doubles play, Jon Ernst and Chase Riddle won their match for Fort Mill 6-1, 6-1, continuing the hot streak the pair has enjoyed all season. Ernst and Riddle have dropped only two matches all year.
For the top two seniors on the team, Davis and Orsburn, these playoffs represent a chance to go out on top with a team that has worked together for so long.
“We’re confident. Our past teams have been strong but the top ten on this team are closer than other years,” Orsburn said as the playoffs began.
The team has been dodging rainstorms throughout the past few afternoons, and will attempt to play Boiling Springs at home for their second round match-up if the weather cooperates.
If the Jackets advance, they would travel to Spring Valley, a state semifinalist from last season, later this week.