Colquitt County boys tennis coach Grant Hammack had an uneasy feeling about Tuesday’s Region 1-AAAAA match with Lowndes at Packer Park.
His team hadn’t practiced well and he fretted about the matchups.
But the Packers took a 4-1 victory and a relieved Hammack was obviously pleased to get the win that raises his team’s record to 6-1.
Andrew Harvin remains unbeaten at No. 1 singles after defeating Drew Parker in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
“Andrew really turned it on in the third set,” Hammack said. “He is starting to get his stroke back.”
At No. 2 singles, Bo Blalock lost for the first time this season, falling in three sets to Edward Fazylou, a Russian playing this season for the Vikings, 7-5, 4-6, 3-10.
“That was some really good high school tennis,” Hammack said. “(Fazylou) is a prototypical Russian with a very quick stroke.
“He’s very strong from the baseline and was a little more consistent today.”
David Forehand continues to play well at No. 3 singles, raising his record to 6-1 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Chase Miley.
“He has really taken to singles,” Hammack said of Forehand, who played doubles last year.
The Packers revamped doubles team swept.
At No. 1, Brandon Oaks and freshman Nick Nichols won over Dylan Whiddon and Zach Touchton, 6-1, 6-2.
And the No. 2 doubles team of John Barber and Ricky Patel got the clinching point with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Josh Fricker and Ben Burkhalter.
“Overall, I’m happy with the effort today,” Hammack said. “We got a solid effort all the way through.
“I think mentally, we were a little stronger today.”
In extra matches, Coby King won 7-5; Nic Mobley won 6-0; Phillip Long won 6-4; Cole Wilkes lost 2-6; and Ridge Underwood and Cameron Johnson lost at doubles 3-6.
The Packers will face a challenging non-region match on Thursday when they play host to the Braden Anglin-led Baconton Charter team.
The Packers are now 3-0 in the region.
The Colquitt County girls are still looking for their first region victory after falling 2-3 to the Vikettes.
The Lady Packers sent out a freshman, five sophomores and a junior to face the Lowndes girls.
“I’ve got a young group of girls,” said coach Holly Lewis. “But they go out there and fight.”
The Lady Packers won at No. 2 singles, where sophomore Hannah Radney won over Ansleigh Young 7-6(7-3), and at No. 3 singles, where freshman Conley Ward easily defeated Alexandra Wang 6-0, 6-1.
All three losses were close.
At No. 1 singles, Erica Mobley played most of her match with a backup racquet after being bedeviled by a broken string and fell to Taylor Vinge 5-7, 4-6.
Mobley was down 2-5 in the first set, but her rally came up short.
At No. 1 doubles, Rachel Funderburk and Ansley Moore lost to the Vikettes’ Taylor Williams and Lori Taylor 7-6(7-5), 6-3.
Haley Cash and Aislin Sheffield, playing at No. 2 doubles also lost their first set 7-6(7-5), then dropped the second 6-4 to Alden Minick and Kammie Williams.
The Lady Packers are now 2-5.
In extra matches, Catie Statom lost 0-6; Lindsey Stapleton won 6-2; Stapleton and Radney won 6-4; Sheffield and Ward won 6-0; Statom and Alden Rykard won 6-0; Rykard and Heather Hardy won 6-4; and Desirae Cash and Jazmin Garza lost 4-6.