MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County girls tennis team lost a pair of close matches to Warner Robins last year and surrendered its region championship, which it had held for four years, to the Demonettes.

So the Lady Packers 3-2 victory over Warner Robins on Saturday at the blustery Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex was, as Coach Linda Berl said, “very sweet.”

And it was a hard-earned victory as well, with the No. 2 doubles team of Alexa Isaacs and Kate Reeves winning in three sets to clinch it long after all the other boys and girls matches had been completed.

The victory raises the Lady Packers Reggion 1-AAAAA record to 4-0 as they prepare to travel on Monday to meet Tift County, also unbeaten.

While an uncharacteristically enthusiastic crowd cheered on the Lady Packers, Colquitt County boys Coach Grant Hammack and his players were celebrating a 5-0 victory, their first of the season.

“We’ve got quite a hole to dig out of,” Hammack said of his team, now 1-3.

At No. 1 singles, Shaun Soderstrom defeated Kyle Yawn 6-4, 6-4.

“Shaun was much more consistent today,” Hammack said.

At No. 2 singles, Blake Jenkins won over Stanley Simmons 6-1, 6-1.

And at No. 3 singles, freshman Brandon Oaks got his victory, defeating Steven Brunner 6-0, 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Chris Harvin and Zach Owen had little trouble with Skyler Holcomb and Richard Skillen, winning 6-1, 6-1.

Hammack sent out Jacob Tompkins and Christian Edwards at No. 2 doubles and the pair responded with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Brannan Pool and Scott Brainard.

In extra matches, Barclay Mitchell won 8-1; John Barber won 8-0; Trey Jones lost 6-8; Zach Clifton won 2-1; and Shawn Jiminez and Kyle Tolbert won 8-0 in doubles.

The Packers will have a tough match at Tifton on Monday, Hammack said.

“That will be critical for us as far as playoff positioning,” Hammack said.

The Lady Packers also expect a close match on Monday, but will enjoy the victory over Warner Robins today.

Berl was especially pleased with the play of Isaacs and Reeves, who lost the first set 3-6, but came back to win 6-3, 6-2 over Taylor Williams and Amy Hutchinson to get the winning point.

Isaacs and Reeves were in the second set when Cara McCalley lost at No. 2 singles in three sets to Monique Tobias 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, to tie the match at 2-2.

Another big point came from Constance Terrell at No. 3 singles. She defeated Katie Causey 6-1, 6-1.

“She is playing great at No. 3 for us,” Berl said.

Colquitt County’s other point came at No. 1 doubles, where Savanna Lamon and Jessica Harvin were pushed by Emily Fowler and Colby Wilkerson before winning 6-3, 6-4.

“They struggled until we needed it,” Berl said of her veteran doubles duo.

“They put it together at the end.”

Warner Robins other point came at No. 1 singles where Catherine Causey defeated Carli Hester 6-3, 6-2.

In an extra match, Ivey Jane Reeves won a singles match 8-4.

The Lady Packers will put their 4-0 record on the line against a Tift County team that is 2-0 with 3-2 wins over Valdosta and Warner Robins.



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