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Bulldogs stop Demon netters in wind-ravaged pairing, 6-0

Posted: April 10, 2017 2:38 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2017 1:00 a.m.

On a cold and windy Thursday afternoon with temperatures more suited for hockey, the Camden High tennis team took a 6-0 win over host Lugoff-Elgin in a non-conference pairing between the two rivals.

The victory gave the Bulldogs a sweep of the two-match series with Edward Rickwood’s charges.

“It was a very blustery day and so, no one was enjoying this meeting,” Rickwood said of the playing conditions. “Even with Camden winning on all courts, they took refuge in their vehicles to get out of the weather while waiting for all the matches to be completed.

“The wind was horrible but it was a legitimate win for Camden. They played a smart game.”

The visitors won all five matches which were played with the Demons forfeiting at fifth singles due to injury and a family emergency.

In first singles, Wilson Pope downed Spencer Hinton, 6-2, 6-0. 

“Spencer started off quite strong in this match but Wilson was able to knock him off of his game,” Rickwood said. “Spencer found it difficult to get back into his game and found it even more difficult to find a weakness in WIlson’s game.”

In second singles, K.P. Cassidy stopped Matthew Mills in straight sets, winning 6-2, 6-1. CHS took third singles with Robert Lackey tripping up Tyler Matthews, 6-0, 6-3.

“Matthew was playing quite well against his Camden opponent. His game was not suffering against the wind like most of the other players,” Rickwood said of Mills’ match. “Unfortunately, KP was able to play the wind to his advantage more than Matthew did. The match was closer than the score indicates but still was a loss.

“Tyler’s game had a lot of trouble with the wind whereas Robert’s game seemed very unaffected by it, Rickwood said of the fourth singles pairing. “Tyler found himself more in a defensive stance versus Robert’s attacking style. Robert took the game mostly from the net.”

Camden used a pair of 6-1 wins from Mac Lindsey to defeat Ryan Hill while the guests won at second doubles with Will Farmer and Ben Battiata getting past Coby Morrison and Trey Stephens in a lengthy 6-7 (10-5), 6-4 match in which the Demon tandem led in both sets.

“The player having the most trouble with the wind was Ryan; too many attempted lobs versus Camden’s power game did not work well for him on this court,” Rickwood said of Hill’s struggles at fourth singles.

“We had the lead in both (doubles) sets but were unable to finish out either sets with wins,” Rickwood said. “Both sides struggled to stay consistent but Camden managed their errors at the right time better than we did.”

After spring break, the Demons will return to action next Monday when they travel to meet Blythewood. One day later, L-E heads to meet Manning.

Camden closes out regular season play next Thursday at home with a Region 4-AAA match against Columbia.

 

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