Stags go 2-1 as Hilton Head and James Island loom

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Julie Grant/Special to The Independent Russell Brown leads the Stags at the number one singles slot.


The Berkeley Stags tennis team has an eye on a pair of Region 8AAA matches this week both at home against defending state champion Hilton Head and region rival James Island.

The Stags went 2-1 last week, bouncing back after a Monday, March 31 4-3 loss to Stratford to down Cane Bay 5-2 on Wednesday, April 2, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson 7-0 on Thursday, April 3 to improve to 5-3 on the season.

In a Region 8-AAA match against the visiting Bruins singles winners were Dustin Fleming, Russell Brown, Samuel Giannelli, Matt Marsch and James Giannelli.

The doubles teams of Brown and Marsch, and Dallas Hamilton and Hugh Huxford also won for Berkeley.

BHS Coach George Whittaker: “We are playing well and getting ready for a big week ahead.”

Against the Cobras singles winners were Brown, Marsch, Samuel Giannelli, and James Giannelli.

The doubles team of Livingston and Hamilton rounded out the win column for the Stags.

“Cane Bay made things a lot closer than last time we played them,” Whittaker said. “The weather was much nicer this time and the wind and cold was not a factor like the previous match.”

Against the Knights, Berkeley had trouble getting untracked, falling behind quickly 3-0 before Marsch came through with a 6-3, 6-2 win and James Giannelli followed with a 6-4, 6-1 straight-set win.

The Stags and Stratford split doubles matches giving the Knights the narrow 4-3 win.

“We came out slow against Stratford,” Whittaker said. “They are really strong at the top of their line up. We had one match that should have gone to three sets and that could have given us the win. Their kids pulled through, though. They are a strong team.”

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