PCA tennis finishes second in state

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Luke Prendergast won a tight match at No. 2 for PCA in Monday's state championship finals. FRANKIE MANSFIELD

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Palmetto Christian boys tennis fell, 6-2, to Spartanburg Day in the SCISA Class A-AA state championship Monday in Cayce.

It's the second consecutive year Spartanburg Day has dealt the perennial champion Eagles a runner-up finish in the state finals.

Palmetto Christian played strong at the top with wins by senior No. 1 Austin Heinz and No. 2 Luke Prendergast. Heinz downed Anders Ike with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 sweep, while Prendergast battled Matthew Poliokoff to a 7-5, 6-4 win.

“I could not have asked for a better effort from our team,” Eagles head coach Dewey Caulder said. “Austin and Luke gave us a chance going into doubles. I put in a doubles lineup where we had to sweep.”

But the Eagles stumbled through the bottom of the singles ladder, combining to win eight games through losses at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles. P.J. Noce played the most competitive match of the Eagles' singles losses, falling 6-2, 7-5 to Rhett Foust.

Heinz teamed up with Noce at No. 1 doubles, and Prendergast with Michael Pernell at No. 2 doubles, but neither team could pull off a win.

“Their effort was huge, but we came up a little short,” Caulder said. “Some of the boys played before more people than they have before. Great experience for the future.”

Palmetto Christian finishes the season 6-6 overall.

Spartanburg Day 6, Palmetto Christian 2

Heinz (PCA) def. Anders, 6-0, 6-0; Prendergast (PCA) def. Poliokoff, 7-5, 6-4; Connor Smith (SD) def. Trey Goolsby, 6-2, 6-0; Rollins Turner (SD) def. Pernell, 6-0, 6-2; Foust (SD) def. Noce, 6-2, 7-5.

Doubles: Ike/Poliokoff def. Heinz/Noce, 6-4, 6-3; Turner/Smith def. Prendergast/Pernell, 6-3, 6-3; Foust/Nager, 6-2, 7-5.

Frankie Mansfield, the sports reporter for the Moultrie News can be seen all around the state following teams to meets, games, and matches. For score updates, breaking sports news, and more, follow @fjmansfield on Twitter and like Moultrie News Sports on Facebook.

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