The Irmo boys tennis team put it all together down the stretch, and emerged as the second most surprising team in the Class 4A state playoffs. The other was Greenwood, which beat the Yellow Jackets in a state championship match that few could have anticipated at the start of postseason play.
Irmo, which finished with an 18-5 record, stunned Lexington in the Lower State championship match, while Greenwood shocked unbeaten Spring Valley in the Upper State finale.
It was the first trip to the state finals for the Yellow Jackets since winning it all in 2001.
“We were very good when we were injury free in 2009, beating No. 1 West Florence and No. 2 Lexington in the same week in the playoffs,” said coach Freddy Goodman. “We should be even better in 2010.”
Jasdeep Guram (18-2), Paul Reed (12-6), and Travis Reed (11-11) were Irmo’s all-region players. Travis Reed and Drew Westcott (13-6) are the two departing senior regulars.
Guram, Paul Reed, Reid Baird (14-5), Clint Butler (15-6) and Britton Bent (10-6) are the starters that are expected to return next season to form the veteran core of the team. Reed was the usual starter at No. 2 singles, Guram at No. 4 and Baird at No. 5 and Bent at No. 3. Butler;s record was for both singles and doubles play. Bent and Westcott were the full-time doubles team in the playoffs.
Seventh-grader John Asford (4-0), eighth-grader John Rast (3-0) and freshman Wesley Turbeville (5-0) will be pushing for starting positions next year along with Zack Wooten and Michael Hood, said Goodman.