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Camden drubs Gamecocks, 5-1

Posted: March 27, 2014 1:40 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2014 5:00 a.m.

It was far from their best match of the season, but you won’t hear Roger Smoak complaining too much about Camden’s 5-1 tennis victory over host Sumter in a Wednesday match which was postponed from a day earlier due to rain.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Bulldogs who improved to 5-3 on the season.
“We really weren’t into this match the way we should have been,” Smoak said. “We’ve won four in a row, now, and we ought to be really confident and be excited about going out there and playing.
“We didn’t play our best, by any means, but the bottom line is winning and we won this match.”
The Dogs took four of five singles matches, starting at the top with junior Nelson Semple handing Nick Smith a 6-2, 6-1, loss. Ben Goodrich then swept past Brad Watkins, 6-3, 6-1 in second singles while Thomas Marshall breezed his way by Patrick Collins in fourth singles, 6-3, 6-1. In fifth singles, Wilson Pope came up with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Luke Magnin.
The Dogs’ second doubles tandem of Robert Lackey and K.P. Cassidy extended their win streak to six matches in downing Max Farley and Aaron Taylor, 7-5, 6-3.
Camden’s lone loss came at third singles as Thomas deLoach dropped a 6-4, 6-7, 0-7 tie-breaker with Dan Jackson.
Smoak said that while getting a win was nice, he looked for his squad to bounce back when they traveled to Chapin on Thursday in a Region 4-4A pairing.
“I looked at this match as a little setback,” he said in referring to the Sumter contest. “I just hope that it doesn’t carry over to the Chapin match. I would think that we will be ready to play Chapin, since I don’t think we’ve ever beaten them.
“But some of our guys improved from the first time we played Sumter and I was proud of them for that because we are always looking to improve from one match to the next.
“Ben and Thomas Marshall played real well for us and won more easily than they did against the same players they faced the first time while Nelson played his usual strong match.”

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