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Back on top: South Aiken tennis wins 4A state championship

November 19, 2019


WHAT A WEEK ITS BEEN FOR SOUTH AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL. LAST FRIDAY, THE GIRLS SOCCER TEAM WON ITS FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND TONIGHT THE T-BREDS TENNIS TEAM WAS PLAYING IN ITS 5TH STRAIGHT TITLE MATCH.. GOING FOR ITS FIRST TITLE WIN SINCE 2013 THOUGH… SOUTH AIKEN TAKES AN EARLY LEAD… AT NUMBER ONE SINGLES…ALEX SKLIZOVIC WINS 6-1,6-1.. HIS BROTHER AARON SKILZOVIC DOING WORK AS WELL AT TWO-SINGLES.. BATTLED BACK IN SECOND SET TO TAKE HIS MATCH 6-3, 7-5…. BUT A.C. FLORA WINS TWO OF THE OTHER THREE MATCHES.. SO WE GO TO TWO DECISIVE DOUBLES MATCHES.. SOUTH AIKEN ONLY NEEDS TO WIN ONE TO TAKE THE TITLE.. THE SKILZOVIC BROTHERS TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS AS THEY GOT A 6-0, 6-4 WIN TO LIFT SA TO THE STATE TITLE.. SO, AFTER COMING UP SHORT THE PAST THREE YEARS.. SOUTH AIKEN IS THE STATE CHAMPION ONCE AGAIN.. ALEX SKLIZOVIC: “IT MEANS EVERYTHING. ESPECIALLY MY SENIOR YEAR TO COME HERE, WIN THE INDIVIDUAL TITLE AND FINALLY, FINALLY WIN AFTER THREE YEARS. IT’S JUST THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD.” AARON SKLIZOVIC: “IT’S KIND OF A FEELING OF RELIEF. YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN SAYING WE’RE GOING TO WIN IT FOR EVERY SINGLE TIME WE’VE BEEN IN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP NOW SO TO FINALLY HAVE IT HAPPEN IS A GOOD FEELING.” RAKESHA JASANI: “YOU KNOW I THINK, IT’S JUST BEEN ONE HELLUVA RIDE BUT YEAH DURING THIS BACK TO BACK TO BACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP LOSSES, NEVER EASY. AND WE’VE BEEN SO CLOSE AND WE’VE TASTED IT AND WE JUST HAVEN’T GOT IT SO THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE MOST FULFILLING WIN OF MY LIFE.” CAN SEE HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO COACH JASANI AND THE TEAM.. ALWAYS LOVE COVERING THESE T-BREDS.. ESPECIALLY HAPPY TO SEE THE SENIORS GET A TITLE AFTER COMING UP JUST SHORT THE PAST THREE YEARS..

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