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Bulldogs tame Darlington netters
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THOMAS DELOACH MOVED INTO third singles for Camden and scored a sweep, by shutout, against Darlington.
Facing an undermanned Darlington squad, on the road, on a Monday without his team’s first singles player, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak said this non-region match had all the earmarks of a trap contest.Yet, when the dust had settled in the Pee Dee, the visiting Bulldogs won for their third time in as many outings in handing the host Falcons a 5-2 loss on an afternoon in which the guests did not play their best tennis.“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked to in this match,” Smoak said after career win number 576. “Darlington has just six players and I warned our kids before the match that this was a team that we should beat, but we still had to go out and play hard.“We ended up losing more games than we should have against a team like this, which was playing their first match of the season.”Playing minus senior first singles player Roderick Todd, who was out with an illness, Nelson Semple took over at number one and the sophomore came through with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Brandon Eads. “Nelson continues to be steady for us,” Smoak said.