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February 20, 2012

Americus Sumter boys tennis wins, girls fall in final match-up

AMERICUS — The Americus Sumter boys and girls tennis teams recently hosted Crisp County in an intense region 1-AAA tennis match. The Panthers battled the visiting Cougars in a pivotal early season match-up between two of the best teams in the region, and each school had a victorious team in the match.

In the boys’ match, Americus Sumter brought home the victory behind number one singles player Joel Landis. Landis won his match 6-0, 6-1 in a dominating performance to pace the boys’ team. The number two and three singles matches on the boys’ side each saw a first set tie-breaker go in favor of the Panthers. David Cowan won his tie-breaker 7-3, and Brandon Roberts won his tie-breaker 7-2. Cowan went on to win his second set 6-3 for the victory, while Roberts would drop his next two sets 4-6, and 3-6.

After starting slowly in the first set of the number one boys’ doubles match, Colton Taunton and Kendrick Mercer caught fire for the Panthers. Taunton and Mercer would win the first set 6-4 and punish the Cougars in a 6-1 second-set which sealed the boys’ team victory for the Panthers. Although Justin Wells and Khelan McGhee would drop the second doubles match 5-7, 4-6, the Panthers would still take home a 3-2 victory over the Cougars.

The girls’ match would end with the same score, but unfortunately for the Panthers, the Crisp County Cougars would take home the victory. In a match that came down to the final match-up to declare a winner, the Cougars would outscore the Panthers in the second doubles match 6-4, 6-3 on their way to the region win.

In number one singles action it was all Americus as Lauren Resnick would beat Amber Miller of the visiting Cougars soundly at 6-2, 6-1. The Panthers were missing their usual number two singles player Jennifer Pinnell to illness, and Camille Bennet would move up to the two spot to take on Emma Jarret. Jarret would play a near mistake-free match on her way to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Bennett.

Maggie McCoy would move into the number three singles spot to take on Katey Miller. Despite an impressive match by McCoy, Miller would go on to win the match 6-2,6-2 to give the Crisp County Girls’ team a 2-1 lead over the Panthers.

In doubles action, the number one match would pit Kia Blackmon and Maggie Perez against Anna Grace Mclead and Leah Cobb of Crisp. After a hard-fought first set 7-6 win by the Panthers, Blackmon and Perez would go on to win the second set 6-4 and tie the girls’ score 2-2.

The number two girls match was between Ciara James and Sara Westra of Americus and Catherine Mayo and Ashley Denby of Crisp. After falling behind 3-1 in the first set, the Panthers battled back to make the first set score 5-4 in favor of the Cougars. Unfortunately, the Cougars would finish the first set 6-4 and go on to win the second set 6-3 to secure the Crisp County girls’ win over Americus Sumter.

The Panthers will hit their home court at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21st to take on the Worth County High School Rams in yet another important early season match-up. Boys’ head coach Carl Willis and girls’ head coach Terri Lee invite you to the newly remodeled Americus Sumter tennis courts to support your local Panthers.

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