Palmetto Christian Academy and Spartanburg Day collide once again with the SCISA A-AA tennis state championship on the line Monday in Cayce.
Spartanburg Day toppled the defending champion Eagles in last year's state title match. Last year, the Eagles were without senior No. 1 Austin Heinz. This year they return looking for revenge with Heinz and newcomer No. 2 Luke Prendergast.
“(Austin) has been playing since sixth grade, minus last year,” Eagles head coach Dewey Caulder said. “It would be good to see him go out with a sixth state championship (seven total for the boys program) in his senior year. He has meant a lot to the PCA tennis program and will make some college coach and program that much more happy and successful.”
Heinz and Prendergast both breezed through Friday's 7-2 semifinal match win against Myrtle Beach Christian. Heinz turned in another perfect, 6-0, 6-0 win, while Prendergast won, 6-2, 6-0.
Eagles No. 3 Trey Goolsby rebounded from a first-set loss to win, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8. No. 5 Michael Pernell won 6-4, 6-4, and No. 6 P.J. Noce, 6-4, 6-3.
Palmetto Christian 7, Christian Academy 2
Heinz def. Allen Butler, 6-0, 6-0; Prendergast def. Ian McCauley, 6-2, 6-0; Goolsby def. Jason DiGeronimo, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8; Tyler Underwood (MBC) def. Brandon Kassouf, 6-4, 6-4; Pernell def. Brandon MacDonald, 6-4, 6-4; Noce def. Paul Game, 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles. Butler/McCauley (MBC) def. Goolsby/Kassouf, 8-1; Prendergast/Noce def. DiGeronimo/Underwood, 8-0; Pernell/Matthew Bottone def. MacDonald/Game, 8-3.
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