High School Sports

Skyhawks, Highlanders advance to SCISA tennis semifinals

Hammond and Heathwood Hall prevailed in first-round matches in the SCISA Class 3A tennis playoffs on Monday.

Hammond improved to 14-0 with an easy 9-0 win over Ben Lippen, while Heathwood Hall, now 10-2, toppled Wilson Hall 6-3. Hammond will face either defending state champion Hilton Head Prep or three-time state finalist Pinewood Prep in the semifinals Wednesday at home. HHP and Pinewood’s first-round match will be played today at Beaufort Academy. Heathwood will face 13-0 Porter-Gaud, a 6-0 first-round winner over St. Joseph’s, Wednesday in Charleston.

The slightly different Hammond lineup shut out the Falcons for the third time this season. Ira Usry and Bill Horst moved up one spot in the lineup with No. 1 singles starter Ben Horst absent. Usry won at No. 1 singles, Bill Horst at No. 2. Ted Lydon, Will Besley and William Greenberg all moved up one position, and Steven Chen prevailed at No. 6 singles. Lydon and Greenberg teamed up for a win at No. 1 doubles, while two brothers duos won at the two other doubles spots – Miles and Ellis Reese at No. 2, Cliff and Albert Kitchens at No. 3.

Usry improved to 8-4 in singles play, Bill Horst is 13-0, Lyndon is 12-2, Besley is 13-1 and Greenberg is 11-3. The Reese brothers are now 8-1 in doubles.

Wilson Hall got wins at Nos. 1-3 singles from Michael Brown, Logan Weiland and Eric Schievenin, but the Highlanders depth was the decisive factor for the third time this season against the Barons. HH got back on track with singles wins by Will Becker (No. 4), Daniel Settana (No. 5) and Alex Knoll (No. 6) and swept the three doubles matches. Marshall Sanford and Charles Williamson made up for singles losses by teaming up for a key win at No. 1 doubles. John Burg, who fell at No. 2 singles, and Becker prevailed at No. 2 doubles and Settana and Knoll capped a flawless day with a win together at No. 3 doubles.