Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 26, 2014

Panthers, Lady Panthers even records with split against Westover in 2014 home opener

AMERICUS — The Americus-Sumter Panther tennis team earned their first win of the season in their opener last Tuesday with a victory over Crisp County, while the Lady Panthers lost their first match to the Lady Cougars. On Monday in Americus, those teams switched roles with the Lady Panthers claiming victory against Westover while the Panthers dropped their match, sending both teams to a 1-1 record through two matches this year.

Americus-Sumter’s girls were able to edge the Lady Patriots after sweeping the doubles matches. The only singles player to win her contest was number one player Di Qi, who moved to 2-0 this season with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Westover’s Rachel Clenney.

In the number two singles match, Camille Bennett dominated her first set 6-1 before losing her second set to Lady Patriot Jessica Rehberg 6-2 to force a tiebreaker. In the third set, Rehberg took the match with a 6-1 victory to tie the overall match score at 1-1. Westover then took their first lead of the match as Stephanie Rehberg defeated Americus-Sumter’s Morgan Cloutier 6-0, 6-3 in the number three singles match.

Mariam Perez and Tierra Nunn got the Lady Panthers back on the right course with a dramatic three-set tiebreaker win in the number one doubles match. After taking their first set 6-0, Perez and Nunn dropped their second set 6-4 before winning the tie breaker 6-4 to tie the match. Without a number two doubles team, Westover was forced to forfeit the final tie-breaking match, giving the Lady Panthers a forfeit win and the overall victory.

Although Americus-Sumter was able to celebrate one win over their Region 1-AAAA opponent, they were not able to celebrate a sweep. In the boy’s match, the Panthers took just one match against the Patriots, falling to their visitors by a final score of 4-1.

The Panthers’ number one singles player, Heeral McGhee, earned Americus-Sumter’s only win of the evening with a thrilling match against Westover’s Lane Hatcher. McGhee out-dueled Hatcher 7-5 in the opening set and followed with a 6-4 second set victory to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Although he dropped the first set 7-5 in the number two singles match, Andre Medina also had a nice showing against the Patriots. Medina fought back to win the second set 7-6, but in the tiebreaker he dropped the set 7-4 to Westover’s Dillon Notz. In number three singles, Logan Bennett was also defeated, dropping a 6-3, 6-0 decision to the Patriots’ Mark Peterson.

The match was sealed in the number one singles match when Westover’s Nathan Bell and John Hatcher took down Americus-Sumter’s Jason Parks and Khelan McGhee 7-6, 6-3 to make the overall score 3-1. Thomas Langstaff and Chirag Mendpara then finished the match off for the Patriots by taking down Charles Kinnamon and Will McCoy 6-1, 6-2 in the number two doubles match. Americus-Sumter will have a small break before taking on Dougherty County in a region doubleheader at home on Tuesday, March 4. The matches will begin at 4:30 p.m.  


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