The York Comprehensive High School boys’ tennis match against Rock Hill was decided by a No. 1 doubles match after the teams were deadlocked at 3-3.
The Bearcats prevailed 4-3 in the Region 3-AAAA battle April 1.
With No. 1 singles player Patrick Newberry paired with No. 5 singles Cameron Good, the York assumed the lead early in the first set.
Newberry and Good eventually lost 3-6, 2-6 in closely-contested matches.
In York singles action, No. 1 Newberry was beaten 6-1, 6-1, with No. 2 singles Terry Doan losing 3-6, 3-6 and No. 3 Daniel Patterson falling 0-6, 3-6.
No. 4 singles Matthew Goforth defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-0, with No. 5 Good surviving a 2-6, 7-6, 8-6 (tiebreaker) and 10-7 (tiebreaker).
York’s No. 2 doubles team of Ian Elliott and Sammie McClurkin prevailed 6-2, 6-4, setting the stage for the decisive doubles match.
Noah Arnold battled hard before losing a JV match pro-set 2-8.
“Patrick and Cameron played extremely well, taking an early lead but coming up short,” said coach Rusty Graham. “Cameron had a battle on his hands in the singles match prior to teaming up with Patrick.”
Playing without Newberry, the Cougars traveled to Rock Hill March 31, facing the Bearcats and demonstrating great individual effort in a 5-1 loss.
Good prevailed at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-2.
Goforth pushed his opponent at No. 3 singles with the scores to prove it, 6-7, 4-7 tiebreaker, 4-6. McClurkin and Arnold played No. 2 doubles, with scores of 6-4, 1-6, 9-11 tiebreaker.
“If only No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles could have squeaked the W out, it would have forced a No. 1 doubles tiebreaker match,” Graham said. “The guys played as hard as they could.”
The Cougars concluded a busy week April 4, losing 7-0 to Clover, unbeaten and No. 1 in Region 3-AAAA.
“Clover’s had great success keeping the ball in play,” said Graham. “Our opponents usually have one or two players who keep the ball in play. Just about all of the Clover players keep it in play and force their opponent into mistakes.”
The team was scheduled to play at Fort Mill on Tuesday and at home against Lancaster at 5 p.m. Thursday.