Clinton High School advanced into the third round of the Class 3A boys’ tennis playoffs. It was warm at the middle school courts, so someone may have broken a sweat.
Head coach Clovis Simmons has said several times that she doesn’t like byes. What Southside brought down from Greenville was little better in terms of a test.
The Tigers numbered only four and didn’t pack much of a growl. Not only did Clinton (11-3) win each of those four individual matches. They won all 48 of those individual games.
Simmons had never had one of her teams win every game in a playoff match.
At No. 1 singles, Isaac MacMillan won 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 2 singles, Ike Waldron won 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 3 singles, Tyler Trevino won 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 4 singles, Connor Donley won 6-0, 6-0.
Four matches, no losses, no errors, three left off-court.
On Senior Night for four Red Devils, two – Kyler Simmons and Alexander Windsor at No. 2 doubles – didn’t get to play.
Southside (0-8) concluded its season.
“I wish this team (Southside) was full,” Waldron said. “I wish everybody got a chance to play. Two seniors didn’t get to play on Senior Night. I wish they had given us some competition. We need to be tested.”
The team is still simmering over the outcome of a match on April 18 against Class 5A power Riverside in which the Red Devils lost 4-3 and had all four of the close matches slip away.
“That was good for us,” Waldron said. “I don’t think you’re going to see it happen again.”
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