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Chapin clamps down on Camden, 6-0
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Roger Smoak did not waste words or, pull out any excuses after Camden’s 6-0 loss to three-time defending state AAA tennis champion Chapin on Thursday.“It was a matter of one team being better than the other. And, Chapin is the better team,” said the veteran Camden head coach whose squad fell to 9-4 overall and 2-3 in Region 4-AAA play with the home court setback.“Chapin’s top four players are all seniors and they are older, more mature, more consistent and, more experienced than we are.”It was the final part of that quote which Smoak later expanded on as he talked about the Eagles’ recent string of dominance.“Chapin’s kids play year ‘round and, they play in tournaments,” he said. “If we are going to be able to compete against teams like Chapin and even teams like Dreher and A.C. Flora, we need to play year ‘round and develop our strokes and improve our game if we are going to get back to challenging the best teams in the state.“You can’t go out and get the experience and the confidence that you need unless you go out and do it.”For the second time this year, the Eagles swept all six matches, although Roderick Todd and Robert Lackey gave their opponents all they wanted in the second sets at first and fifth singles, respectively.“We did better than we did the first time we played Chapin,” Smoak said.