WEHS tennis team nets win over BHS

  • Austn Smith of Williston-Elko HIgh scored a straight set win against Barnwell High.

The battle for bragging rights in boys tennis took place Tuesday, March 28 between Barnwell County rivals Barnwell High and Williston-Elko High.

The contest turned into a intense match with several players reflecting with utterances of frustration while others pumped their fists as a show of triumph.

However, when all was said and done, the advantage went to the Blue Devils who netted a 4-2 home win.

Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said the team came through in a big match.

“Playing Barnwell is always a good test for our team,” Walters said. “Overall, I was very pleased with our performance as a group. We came out aggressive and took advantage of opportunities when the game was on the line.”

The opening match was as intense as any with Sam Ben Solomons of BHS taking on Austin Smith of WEHS.

In the first set, Solomons started out strong, taking a 4-2 lead. Smith, however, rallied from that point on to score 7-6. Smith followed with a 6-2 win in the second set to take the match.

After falling behind a match, the Warhorses evened things up at No. 2 singles with Chris Sullivan of BHS posting a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tyran Parker of WEHS.

The No. 3 singles match between Lionel Mason of BHS and Blake Ryner of WEHS turned into a nip-and-tuck affair. Ryner took an early advantage with a 7-6 win in the first set. Mason quickly retaliated by scoring a 6-4 win in the second set. The tiebreaker was a seesaw affair with Ryner holding off Mason for a 7-6 win.

At No. 4 singles, Kendell Myers of WEHS knocked off Solomons of BHS in straight sets by scores of 7-5 and 6-4.

Animesh Sahu recorded Barnwell High’s second win of the match with a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Tymel Jones of Williston-Elko.

In doubles action, the Williston-Elko No. 1 team of Austin Sweat and Daquan Cuthbertson outlasted Collin Sitton and Rithvik Oruganti of BHS by scores of 6-3, 7-6 and 10-7.

On March 24 in other action, the Warhorses were hitting on all cylinders in a 6-0 shutout of Whale Branch High.

In No. 1 singles, Sam Ben Solomons cruised past Jaion Mullen of WBH by scores of 7-5 and 6-2.

For Barnwell High, the most dominating performance came from Chris Sullivan. Sullivan was nearly flawless as he made quick work of Justin Brown of WBH with scores of 6-0 and 6-0.

In No. 3 singles, Lionel Mason of the Warhorses dispatched Collin Rolle of the Warriors with scores of 6-0 and 6-2.

Animesha Sahu of Barnwell High took care of business at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sadiq Prather of WBH.

In doubles action, the Warhorse team of Collin Sitton and Rihvik Oruganti notched a 8-4 decision over Jamari Evans and Michael Hunter of WBH.