Manning High School’s Varsity Boys Tennis team improved their record to 3-3, with back-to-back wins against Sumter and Berkeley last week.
Manning - 4/Sumter - 3
MHS defeated Sumter High School 4-3 on March 19 in Manning.
Manning number one seed Ron McKenzie defeated Sumter’s Hunter Johnson, 6-1, 6-0. Manning’s number two seed Logan Layne defeated Sumter’s Bradley Watkins 7-5, 6-1. Sumter’s Van Jackson defeated Manning’s number three seed Charlie Fout 6-4, 7-6 (5). Sumter’s Ryan Mathis defeated Manning’s number four seed Marquis White 6-3, 6-2. Manning’s number five seed Khafari Buffalo defeated Sumter’s Edward Gamble 6-4, 6-3.
In doubles, Manning’s McKenzie/Layne defeated Sumter’s Johnson/Watkins in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 13-11. Sumter’s Cockerill/Galloway defeated Manning’s Andre Tindal/Keenan Brown 7-5, 6-4.
Other winners were Manning’s Dwaymon Harrison-Samuel/Hugh McFaddin and Aaron Boatwright/Tyler Samuel.
Manning - 6/Berkeley - 0
Manning took another victory at home on March 20 against Berkeley.
Manning’s Ron McKenzie won 6-1, 6-1. Manning’s Logan Layne won 6-0, 6-0. Charlie Fout won 6-0, 6-0. Marquis White won 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 (tie-break). Khafari Buffalo won 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles, McKenzie/Layne won 8-2. Tindal/ Brown won 6-0, 6-0.
In other matches, Dwaymon Samuel lost 4-8. Hugh McFaddin lost 7-8 (5), Aaron Boatwright won 8-7 (3), Tyler Samuel lost 6-8, Darien Pompey won 8-3, Derek White lost 6-8, Justin Dozier won 8-4 in singles.
In doubles, Bobby Pearson/Ronnie Frierson lost 7-8 (5).
The Monarchs have improved their record to 3-3 and MHS Head Coach Kay Young said that she is proud of how her team is performing.
“Were starting to put points better together and to play better overall,” Young said.
McKenzie said that he enjoys tennis because the game is all on the individual, and that it’s a mental game as well as physical.
“It takes a lot of mental strength, focus, determination and quick footwork,” he said. “It also takes a lot of consistency.”
Fout, who’s been playing tennis for five years, said that he likes the competitiveness of the sport.
Manning High School will host Sumter on March 28 at 4:30 p.m.