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CHS netters rebound to top A.C. Flora, 4-2

Posted: March 9, 2012 12:39 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2012 5:00 a.m.

It may not rank anywhere close to being one of the biggest of his 560 tennis coaching victories at Camden High, but Thursday’s 4-2 win over visiting A.C. Flora was one which Roger Smoak cherished, nonetheless.
After having opened the season with two losses, the Dogs got back on the winning track as they downed their former and soon-to-be region riva, AC. Flora at the CHS athletic complex which was officially opened with a pair of ribbon-cutting ceremonies that afternoon.
“It is always nice to get that first win, especially this one since we dedicated the courts before the match … it made it kind of special,” Smoak said. “It was also big because we were coming off a tough, home court loss to Wilson Hall.”
While not the powerhouse squad which Flora fielded several years ago, the Falcons seem to be heading in the right direction with several upperclassmen dotting their roster. “This was not an easy match for us,” Smoak said. “This year, A.C. Flora has a more-balanced team and several seniors at the top of the lineup.”
This match came down to Camden’s Roderick Todd outlasting Elliott Rose in second singles, 6-2, 6-7, (10-5), to put the Dogs over the top and give the hosts the win. “Roderick dug deep in his match and did what a veteran player is supposed to do,” Smoak said.
The Dogs won the first four singles pairings, opening with Jo Jo Tiller disposing of Beatty Fisher in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Nelson Semple then handled Pryce Bradley, 6-3, 6-0, at third singles while Davis Goodrich took a pair of 6-1 victories over Brandon Douglas at fourth singles.
Flora won at number five singles with McIver Hiers hanging on for a 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) win over Ben Goodrich. The Falcons took second doubles with Stephen Cagle and Austin Powell downing Thomas deLoach and Carlos Williams, 6-2, 6-4.
“The top of our lineup did a good job which enabled us to win this match,” Smoak said. “I also thought Ben did a good job in battling to the end at number five. And, I thought our number two doubles team played one of their best matches. We’re starting to get better down there.”
Smoak said he was relieved to get that first mark in the win column and with the effort turned in by his players.
“I’m really pleased with all of our guys for the way they bounced back and came out there with a good attitude,” he said. “I’m proud of them for playing hard and coming away with the win.
“It was great for us to get that winning feeling back. Hopefully, this match will give us some confidence.”

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