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CHS netters bounce back

Posted: September 6, 2018 11:33 a.m.
Updated: September 7, 2018 1:00 a.m.

After having suffered their first setback of the season against Hartsville, the Camden High girls’ tennis team bounced back to defeat Lugoff-Elgin and Ridge View in their next two matches.

The two wins gave Pamela Smoak’s Lady Bulldogs a 3-1 record.

A veteran Hartsville team downed Camden, 5-1, last Tuesday. Two days later, the Lady Bulldogs knocked off L-E, 6-0, before handing Ridge View a 5-1 defeat in Columbia on Tuesday.

In a match played at L-E, Camden won all six matches in straight sets. Imani Wyatt defeated Sydney Matteson by identical 6-0 scores in first singles while Anne Margaret Hutto stopped Erika Tautkus, 6-0, 6-0, in second singles. In third singles, Camden’s Lexi Setzer beat L-E’s Alex Stribling, 6-3, 6-3, while Emily Guy scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Abby Capps at number four. Eliza Reames closed singles play with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alicia Werden.

The CHS second doubles tandem of Mary Dawson Lindsay and Jenna McKoy outlasted Lindsey Mills and Ella Haudenshed, 6-1, 7-5.

For Smoak, who graduated from Camden in 1990 after having played tennis for the Lady Bulldogs, facing the Lady Demons was a new experience.

“It was another good turnout of people,” she said of the crowd. “When I was playing tennis, Lugoff-Elgin didn’t have a girls’ tennis team. They have some good athletes and it was nice to play them. 

“It was a hot day so we encouraged them to drink plenty of water. The girls played very good and I’m proud of them.”

Camden won four of its matches against Ridge View in orderly fashion and received a forfeit at fifth singles.

Wyatt took first singles, 6-2, 6-0, while Hutto had a shutout, 6-0, 6-0, win. Setzer won her match, 6-0, 6-2, with Guy taking a pair of 6-2 victories while Reames won by forfeit. In second doubles, Lindsay and McKoy lost a 3-6, 7-5, 6-10  heartbreaker in a third set tiebreaker.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to 1-1 in a loss to Hartsville in a match played at Byerly Park.

Wyatt fell to 2-2 on the season as the sophomore was tripped up by Larissa Berger in a pair of 6-0 shutouts. Keisler Cottingham, the senior daughter of Red Fox head coach Andy Cottingham, used her experience to overtake Hutto, a seventh-grader, by the scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

“We had our seventh-grader (Hutto) playing a 12th grader and Ann Margaret gave her all she could handle at that number two position,” Smoak said.

Hartsville won the next three singles pairings with Emily Hudson beating Setzer, 6-2, 6-1, in third singles with Iya Marie Sullivan defeating Guy, 6-3, 6-0, while Chloe Moore defeated Reames, 6-0, 6-0. The Lady Red Foxes took second singles, as well, as Kaylee Blair and Aytiana McCoy topped Lindsay and Jenna McKoy, 6-1, 6-1.

Smoak said this was a learning experience for her team and one which should pay dividends down the road.

“We enjoyed playing them and we get the opportunity to play them again this week,” Smoak said. “Hartsville has a really good team this year. Their coach (Andy Cottingham) said that they have a lot of seniors and experienced players. 

“Our team played hard, encouraged each other and kept hustling until the end. We have set goals for the next time we play them, and playing 4A- and 5A-size schools helps us get better.”

On Wednesday,  Hartsville made the trip to the Roger Smoak Tennis Courts in Camden and defeated the Lady Bulldogs, 4-2.

Hutto provided the hostesses with a win at second singles as she got past Cottingham in a third set tie-breaker, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. Guy also went to a tie-breaker before defeating Sullivan, 1-6, 6-4, 10-4.



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