High School Sports

Realignment a plus for Chapin tennis

Chapin is justifiably excited about the 2009 boys tennis season. The Eagles return five starters, including four of five singles regulars, from a team that went 18-3 a year ago.

Even better, Chapin no longer has to deal with mighty Myrtle Beach on the road to the Class 3A state championship match. Thanks to realignment, the Eagles now find themselves in Region 4-4A and in the Upper State. As such, Chapin’s quest to reach the state finals for the first time is a bit less demanding.

The lineup is solid with the return of sophomores Klye Koch and Alex Wallace at the top two singles spots. Junior Robert Hinson is back, but is now at No. 4 singles after being beaten out for the No. 3 job by Jeffrey Koch. Junior Sean McCawley returns at No. 5 singles.

Sean Koch is back at double, and is now teamed with Andrew Hill.

The Eagles are off to a 2-0 starting, blanking Blythewood (7-0) and former region rival Airport (6-0). Chapin edged Airport 4-3 in the first round of the Class 3A playoff last season before being eliminated by title-bound Myrtle Beach.