MOULTRIE — It took three hours, but Colquitt County’s Carli Hester finally got her biggest victory at No. 1 singles on Wednesday, beating Coffee’s Maggie Thomas in three sets at the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex.

The victory gave the Colquitt County girls a 5-0 win and a 3-0 record heading into Saturday’s 1 p.m. meeting with Warner Robins.

That matchup with feature the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in Region 1-AAAAA last year.

Thomas helped vault the Demonettes to the Final Four last season with a big third-set victory, but could not duplicate that effort against Hester.

Playing No. 1 singles this season for the first time, Hester won the first set 6-4, then dropped the second 4-6.

And it took a tie-break, but Hester prevailed in the third set, 7-6(7-4).

Thomas appeared to get Hester out of her game in the second set, but could not get the best of the Lady Packer in the third set.

With No. 2 singles player Cara McCalley ill and unable to perform, Constance Terrell moved up to No. 2 singles and defeated Haley Sellers 6-2, 6-2.

Laura Murphy played No. 3 singles and handled Cara Shaw 6-4, 6-0.

“Both Constance and Laura were real solid,” Lady Packers coach Linda Berl said.

Berl juggled her doubles lineup to give some playing time to some young players.

At No. 1, Jessica Harvin teamed with Alexa Isaacs to win 6-0, 6-3 over Jessica Burkhalter and Kimberly Edwards.

Dresden Melton and Jana Harvin played No. 2 doubles on Wednesday and defeated Hillary Barbaree and Danielle Ricketson 6-1, 6-4.

The Lady Trojans, now 0-2, also lost 0-5 to Warner Robins.

The Demonettes are 2-1, with their other victory by a 3-2 score over Valdosta. They also have lost 2-3 to Lowndes.

“Even though they have lost a match, they will be a tough test for us,” Berl said of Warner Robins.

Only Colquitt and Tift County are unbeaten in the region. The Lady Devils will go to Warner Robins today.

In extra matches, Laura Robinson won at singles 8-2; Ivey Jane Reeves won at singles, 8-4; Carly Moore and Laura Robinson won at doubles 8-4; and Brittany Payne and Ashley Sutton lost 2-6 and won 8-4.

The Colquitt County boys fall to 0-3 after dropping a 2-3 match to the Trojans on Wednesday.

“Coffee is much improved,” Packers coach Grant Hammack said. “We got some good individual efforts. But some of our inexperience showed.”

At No. 1 singles, Shaun Soderstrom fell to Rashad Carter 1-6, 1-6.

Blake Jenkins, at No. 2 singles, was down 0-5 in the first set and lost it 4-6, but came back against Chris Goodman to win the second set 6-4 and the third set 7-6(11-9).

“That was gutsy performance,” Hammack said.

At No. 3 singles, freshman Brandon Oaks lost the first set 2-6, rebounded to take the second set 6-2, but fell in the third set 2-6 to Coffee senior Greg Schwartz.

“He is becoming more aggressive,” Hammack said of Oaks. “And that’s what we want.”

Chris Harvin and Zach Owen had no trouble at No. 1 doubles, defeating Johann Huffman and Jacob Green 6-1, 6-1.

But at No. 2 doubles, Barclay Mitchell and Zach Clifton fell to Cohen Wills and Reese Grantham 6-7(5-7), 5-7.

But Clifton injured his knee and was hobbled for much of the match.

“We hope it’s nothing serious,” Hammack said.

In extra matches, Jacob Tompkins won 8-0; Christian Edwards won 8-6; Trey Jones won 8-3; John Barber and Kyle Tolbert won 8-1; and Chason Forehand and Shawn Jimenez lost 4-8.

The Packers hope to get on the winning side of the ledger in the match against Warner Robins at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Like the Packers, Warner Robins also is 0-3 in the region.

“I think we stand a good chance against them,” Hammack said. “But I’m not taking anything for granted.”

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