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Cook and Koch reach doubles final at Little Rock

Little Rock, AK - Joel Cook and Kyle Koch will represent the state of South Carolina in the boys 18 doubles final in Little Rock, Arkansas tomorrow. The pair outlasted another Palmetto State team, Josh and Harrison Richmond, in the quarter-finals 8-6, then rolled over the team of Garrett Brasseux and Vikram Hundal 8-4 to advance to the final round. They will face the team of Lewis Butler of Mississippi and Brandon Fickey of Tennessee.littlerock

As for the singles play from the South Carolina players, that was another story. Alex Martin of Mt. Pleasant was the bright spot of the day winning both of her feed-in consolation matches. She defeated Savanna Wood of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 and received a walk-over from Ashley Antal in the next round to advance to tomorrow’s playoff rounds. Molly O’Koneiwski of Hilton Head ran into a tough quarter-final main draw opponent in Kendall Woodward of Georgia. Woodward bested O’Koneiwski 6-2, 7-6 in singles, and then partnered with Jenny Falcone of North Carolina in doubles to defeat Molly and her partner, Caitlin Williams of Tennessee, 8-5.

In other singles action, Kyle Koch lost to Hunter Reese of Georgia 6-1, 6-0. Kyle rolled his ankle early in this match and had trouble running down the precision ground strokes of Reese. In the feed-in consolation matches, Harrison Richmond defeated Luke Synn of North Carolina in a thrilling match that saw Richmond trail in the third set tiebreak 5-0, 7-1,8-4, and 9-6 before reeling off the last 5 points of the match. The luck didn’t last long as Harrison was bested by Sean Karl of Tennessee in the next round 10-6 in the third set tiebreak. Chip Cox and Joel Cook also lost their singles matches this morning and were eliminated from the tournament.

Tomorrow morning both Alex Martin and Molly O’Koneiwski will try to keep their hopes alive in singles as they both have 8am matches. Kyle Koch was also slated to play his feed-in match at 8, but has withdrawn from that match to try and give his ankle a little more time to heal for the afternoon doubles final.