Polk County adjusted to a change in format and handed Landrum a 4-3 setback Thursday in boys tennis action in Landrum.
South Carolina schools play five singles matches, rather than six, and begin the No. 2 doubles match at the same time. That led to Gabe Alvarado and McLean Koistinen stepping in at No. 2 doubles and earning a key 6-0, 6-4 victory.
Eric Avellaneda also delivered a key singles win, topping Eli McCool 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 4 singles.
“Two fairly even teams battled each other today and fortunately we came out with the 4-3 victory,” said Polk County head coach Richard Davis.
Polk County returns to Mountain Foothills 7 Conference play on Monday, traveling to Patton.
1. Max Bobo (L) d. Banks Barber 6-1, 6-0; 2. Carter Trout (L) d. Jack Smith 6-2, 6-1; 3. Thaddeus Ruff (PC) d. Brandon Raber 6-2, 6-0; 4. Eric Avellaneda (PC) d. Eli McCool 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); 5. Riley Ballentine (PC) d. Tripp Wheatley 6-1, 6-1.
1. Bobo-Trout (L) d. Barber-Ruff 8-5; 2. Gabe Alvarado-McClain Koistinen (PC) d. Jason Rice-Caden Whaley 6-0, 6-4.