Chapin’s boys tennis script this spring was a virtual rewrite of the 2008 season, only in a different setting.
The Eagles posted an impressive 15-2 record – losing only to Class 4A state runner-up Irmo during the regular season – won a region title and advanced to the 3A state semifinals before meeting their match. The only difference was Chapin was the class of Region 4-3A this spring and found itself ostensibly in the easier Upper State bracket after having to deal with Myrtle Beach in the Lower State for the past few years.
The result, however, was the same. The Eagles fell one win short of reaching the state finals for the first time.
But with every starter expected to return next year, Chapin should have plenty of motivation to make the leap to the finals.
“We did not play well against Riverside (in the US semifinals), but they were a deserving team,” said veteran Eagles coach John Rodgers. “We still had a great season and are looking forward to next season. I expect the team to come back refocused and be ready to take it one match at a time.”
Sophomore Kyle Koch and Alex Wallace, eight-grader Jeffrey Koch and juniors Robert Hinson and Sean McCawley all had fine singles performances this season. Kyle Koch was 16-0 at No. 1 singles, followed by Wallace (13-3 at No. 2), Hinson (13-3 at No. 4), McCawley (13-3 at No. 5) and Wallace (12-4 at No. 2).
The doubles team of sophomore Andrew Hill and eighth-grader Sean Koch suffered only two defeats along the way.