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Chapin netters double up Dogs, 4-2

Posted: May 1, 2014 10:44 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Of the many different programs which the Camden High tennis team has defeated over the years, Chapin was not on that list.
Things stayed that way on Tuesday as the visiting Eagles pinned a 4-2 loss on Camden in the home regular season and Region 4-AAA finale played on the Roger Smoak Tennis Courts.
The Bulldogs fell to 2-8 in conference action and 9-8 overall heading into Thursday’s scheduled match at Lugoff-Elgin.
“This was one of those matches that everybody wanted to win so badly,” said Camden head coach Roger Smoak. “Our kids were down after this match and I was right there with them. Everybody on our team had pointed toward this match after we lost to Chapin the first time we played them.
“This was a great match to watch if you did not care about which team won. There was some great tennis being played out there. (Chapin) was just a little better than we were.”
The Bulldogs’ wins came at first singles and second doubles. After being extended to a third set tie-breaker against the Eagles in Chapin, Nelson Semple took down Jason Flowers by a pair of identical 6-3 scores to give the hosts a win in first singles. Camden’s second doubles pairing of Robert Lackey and K.P. Cassidy then made quick work of Ryan Burton and Gavin Marler, winning 6-1, 6-4.
“Nelson used both his athletic ability and his head to win his match this time,” Smoak said of Semple’s sweep. “He played the game and played each point like he needed to for the win.
“And what can you say about our second doubles team? They have improved tremendously since the start of the season. It used to be that they would win in three sets, now they have settled down and are playing well together. They are much more consistent.”
After losing at the top, Chapin took the rest of the singles matches with Noah Mervak outlasting Ben Goodrich, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, in second singles before Bailey Sawvell downed Thomas deLoach, 6-3, 6-4. In fourth singles, Noah Kosko needed to go to a tie-breaker in order to hold off Thomas Marshall, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Chris Clampitt closed singles play with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Wilson Pope.
“Ben and Thomas (Marshall) played their hearts out in their matches,” Smoak said. “Thomas deLoach had some great points in his match but just could not put it all together while Wilson stayed in there and played hard every point.”
Smoak said he appreciated the effort from each of his players on Tuesday.
“I was not disappointed in our kids; I know they were ready to play and that they played hard,” he said. “I liked that we came back and played better in our second sets than we did in the first set.
“This was not our best match of the season, by any means. But we played well in spurts. We couldn’t get some big points when we needed them. I thought that we played well.
“Sometimes, you just tip your hat to your opponent and just say that they were a little better than we were.”

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