CHS tennis macmillan

Isaac MacMillan

Clinton High School’s boys’ tennis squad will head to Cayce on Saturday seeking the sixth Class 3A state championship in school history, after easily capturing the Upper State crown with a 6-0 verdict over Camden.

The Red Devils won all the sets, and only Tyler Trevino, at No. 3 singles, allowed his Bulldog opponent to score as many as four points in a single set.

Isaac MacMillan polished off Camden’s Wilson Pope 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1. The rest of the order followed suit. Ike Waldron defeated K.P. Cassidy 6-1, 6-1. Trevino closed out Robert Lackey 6-4, 6-2. Seventh grader Connor Donley dominated Brett Elliott 6-1, 6-0. Anders Orr defeated Ben Battiatta 6-1, 6-1.

Alexander Windsor and Kyler Simmons teamed at No. 2 doubles to defeat the Wills of Cox and Galloway 6-2, 6-1. The matter having been settled, No. 1 doubles wasn’t contested.

Hanahan defeated Clinton (13-3) in the 2017 finals. The Red Devils, though perennial playoff contenders, have not captured a state championship since 2000.

“I played the first set really well,” MacMillan, one of four Clinton seniors, said. “I was a little jittery at the beginning of the second set, just nerves, but then I got it together. It’s almost like the start of a new match again. He (Pope) knows he can still win it, and it kind of makes the setting completely different … for a while.”

Camden’s season ended with a record of 14-3.

“I had seen them in a tournament,” Clinton coach Clovis Simmons said. “We played them last year, but we’ve gotten a good bit better. I knew we’d match up very well.”

Of MacMillan, who will play next year at Coker College, Simmons said, “Isaac is a senior, a veteran. He’s going to the next level. He understands that he has to turn it up as the season winds down and the matches get tougher.”