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Lady Bulldogs rout Westwood

Posted: October 17, 2013 2:13 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Improving its playoff stock, the Camden High girls’ tennis team knocked off Westwood, 5-1, in a Region 4-AAA match played in Blythewood on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs had already secured a state playoff berth and are vying for the chance to move into second or third place in conference play with two leagues pairings left on the docket.
CHS head coach Stephen Sutusky paired Maggie Wehunt and Margaret Guy together at second doubles. The newly formed team came through with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Shannon Smith and Sydney Grant to give the visitors a quick 1-0 lead.
“We mixed the lineup up a little bit and paired these two, who were able to win in pretty convincing fashion,” Sutusky said.
CHS third singles’ player Virginia Lackey was next off the court as she easily defeated Rebekah Holloman in straight sets. “Virginia has gone up against some very tough opponents this year,” Sutusky said, “and has though she’s played well, she hasn’t been rewarded as much as she’d like. But she played well and really was in control the entire match," said Sutusky. 
Clarke Allen, playing at fourth singles, defeated Tiera Lucas, 6-1, 6-2, to give the Lady Bulldogs a third win in as many matchups on the night. Playing at fifth singles for the first time, Camden sophomore Larkin Kelly pulled away in both sets to win, 6-4, 6-3, and earn her first singles victory of the season. 
“Larkin has played well for us in doubles and it was great to see her compete in singles competition and be successful,” said Sutusky. 
Camden’s last win of the night would be on court two where Kelsey Williams outlasted Taylor Bronson, 6-2, 6-4, to give the visitors a 5-0 lead.  Westwood's Caroline Stewart was the lone winner for the Redhawks as she defeated Madison Hudson 6-4, 6-3 in a pairing Sutusky characterized as up and down and anyone’s match. 
“Madison didn’t play her best match, but she really fought hard and battled in a tough physical and mental matchup,” he said. “She had been up against the wall the night before in another big matchup and she just didn't have much gas left. 
“She will bounce back and I expect her to have a strong finish in the last week of the regular season.”
Camden will host both Chapin and Lower Richland next week before beginning play in the AAA state playoffs on Oct. 29.

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