View Mobile Site

Bulldog netters improve to 10-0

Posted: April 14, 2011 11:29 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2011 5:00 a.m.

This is more like it.

One day after having sweated out a 4-3 win over Blythewood, the Camden tennis team looked back in form Tuesday in thumping visiting Hartsville, 5-1, in a Region 6-AAA match played at the CHS Athletic Complex.

One day later, the Bulldogs won by the same count against Airport in a non-conference pairing in Lexington.

The victories gave CHS head coach Roger Smoak 550 in his career. The Dogs improved to 10-0 on the season and with the Hartsville win, improved their conference ledger to 3-0 with one more league match remaining to be played.

“I was really, really pleased with the way we played in this match,” Smoak said of Tuesday’s region victory over the Red Foxes. “We really didn’t start off too well on Monday, but we came out and were ready to play this match against a veteran Hartsville team.”

The Bulldogs blew this one open in the first four singles matches in which they lost just six of 44 games.

Jo Jo Tiller and Micah Thomas, playing at first and second singles, respectively, remained unbeaten in the regular season with Tiller blanking Zach Grooms, 6-0, 6-0, while Thomas upended George Atkins, 6-3, 6-2.

After losing for the first time on Monday, Nelson Semple bounced back with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Rod Russell in third singles. Davis Goodrich then kept his perfect record intact with a pair of 6-0 wins over Matthew Lee at fourth singles.

“Nelson really came back and played a great match. He really showed me a lot. He really concentrated,” Smoak said of Semple.

With Thomas deLoach expected to miss the next week, if not more, with an ankle injury sustained in Monday’s contest, Shamell Rose was moved into fifth singles for his debut. The eighth-grader came out on the short end of a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Kameron Skinner in a match which left his coach impressed.

“We figured that we would keep our second doubles team the same and that it was better to keep them together and have Shamell play in singles,” Smoak said. “For someone who has only been playing tennis for two or three months, Shamell is really coming along. He has a very good upside to his game. He’s only going to get better.”

The improving CHS tandem of Brian Williams and Ben Goodrich rebounded from their Monday loss by easily handling Turner Frankovinc and Gage Cannon, winning 6-1, 6-2.

“All our kids came out and played well,” Smoak said after his team completed half of its four matches in as many days. “This week is going to be a test of endurance for us. But we’re looking forward to the challenge and we’re pleased to be undefeated in our region; winning the region is always our first goal as a team.”

Dogs ground Airport: Don’t be fooled, Smoak said after the 5-1 win over Airport by the final score of the match. This contest, he said, was not as one-sided as it might seem on paper.

“It looks like it was an easy win for us,” he said. “But at one time in the match, it looked like we were going to have to go to first doubles to decide it.

“We were down in both second and third singles after the first set. I think this week, the numbers game and being on the road is starting to catch up with us. It seemed like we were tired and didn’t have the energy like we normally have. But Airport has also improved since the first time we played them.”

While Camden may have had troubles in some matches, that was not the case in first singles as Tiller downed Jerry Price, 6-1, 6-1.

“It’s good when you have somebody like Jo Jo at the top of the lineup,” Smoak said of Tiller. “We just can’t take for granted what he means to our team. He keeps us out of trouble at first single and if we go to a tie-breaker, you are confident that with him, you are going to win at number one doubles, too.”

Thomas got off to a slow start at second singles, losing the first set to Ross Quigley 6-0 before bouncing back to take the next two by the scores of 6-2 and 10-6. Semple also dropped his first set to Mason Frier, losing 5-7. He rebounded to win, 6-1 and 10-7.

“Both Micah and Nelson showed a lot of guts and determination in their matches,” Smoak said. “Micah looked real tired in his first set, but he found some energy and came back after that while Nelson really settled down nicely after losing his first set.”

Davis Goodrich remained unbeaten on the season as he made quick time of Denton Dickerson, winning 6-1, 6-0. In fifth singles, the Eagles’ Ben Elbrich stopped Rose in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

“Davis is really coming on strong for us,” Smoak said of Goodrich. “I just have to try and get him to play better in his first sets because he has been a slow starter.”

In second doubles, Ben Goodrich and Williams took a pair of 6-1 wins over Dalton Sturkie and Dan Coleman.

“Our second doubles team is really picking it up for us. I just hope that they can keep it going,” Smoak said. “They are really playing with a lot of confidence and they are playing well as a team.”

Interested in viewing premium content?

A subscription is required before viewing this article and other premium content.

Already a registered member and have a subscription?

If you have already purchased a subscription, please log in to view the full article.

Are you registered, but do not have a subscription?

If you are a registed user and would like to purchase a subscription, log in to view a list of available subscriptions.

Interested in becoming a registered member and purchasing a subscription?

Join our community today by registering for a FREE account. Once you have registered for a FREE account, click SUBSCRIBE NOW to purchase access to premium content.

Membership Benefits

  • Instant access to creating Blogs, Photo Albums, and Event listings.
  • Email alerts with the latest news.
  • Access to commenting on articles.

Contents of this site are © Copyright 2014 Chronicle Independent All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of service

Powered by
Morris Technology
Please wait ...