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Lady Bulldogs upend Dreher for second Region 4AAA win

Posted: September 25, 2012 10:25 a.m.
Updated: September 26, 2012 5:00 a.m.

In a rematch of a playoff contest from a year ago, the Camden High girls’ tennis team, once again, was able to defeat Dreher.
This time, the Lady Bulldogs downed the Blue Devils, 5-1. Last season, in the first round of the AAA state playoffs, Camden came away with a 4-3 victory.
Thursday’s win was the second in a row in Region 4-AAA action for Stephen Sutusky’s squad, which improved to 2-1 in conference play.
“A year ago,” Sutusky said of the Dreher pairing, “we met in the playoffs and squeaked out a victory. Thursday our girls really came out focused and dominated a traditionally tough Dreher team.”
The Lady Bulldogs were again paced by senior first singles player Katie Tiller, who quickly defeated Dreher sophomore Mary Louise Boyleston, 6-0, 6-2. 
“Katie’s match was over before I could even watch much of it. She’s certainly picked up where she left off a year ago; dominating her opponents,” said Sutusky. 
Madison Hudson then earned a quick two-set victory over Lindsey Gibson at second singles. Kelsey Williams and Virginia Beth Ariail also earned straight set victories for the Lady Dogs which would clinch the team match. 
At number five singles, junior Helen Koutroulakis split two sets with Sarah Steedman, though Koutroulakis would prevail in the 10-point tie breaker, 10-6, to get the win. 
“Helen lost a tough first set, but really strung together some good shots in the second set and during the tie-breaker,” Sutusky said. “ She found herself up in the tie breaker 9-3 at one point.  Helen played as well as she’s played all year and we look for that to continue in our upcoming matches.”
The Camden second doubles tandem of Clarke Allen and Virginia Lackey narrowly lost to Haley Nelson and Olivia Herberkson, 6-2, 7-5. 
“Our doubles team nearly pushed their match into the 10-point tie breaker. We look for a great match when we see them again in a few weeks,” said Sutusky. 
Camden was to play host to Westwood  on Tuesday in the first meeting between the two schools before traveling to meet Chapin on Thursday in another rematch of a 2011 post-season match, which was won by the Lady Eagles, 4-2. Both Camden and Chapin return the majority of their players from a year ago.
“We played some tough matches early, but have been successful lately,” Sutusky said. “I look for us to continue this region win streak Tuesday, have a great practice Wednesday, and give Chapin a run for their money on Thursday.”

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