Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 6, 2013

Cougar netters divide opening matches

Cordele — Crisp County High tennis teams raised the curtain on their 2013 seasons with a Tuesday split that came under the familiar direction of a former head mentor who has returned to lead them.

Junior Peeples, who has replaced former girls coach Brandi McIntyre and boys coach Ken Shealy at the helm of the Cougars’ net program, saw his girls sweep Westover 5-0 and his boys bow to the Patriots 3-2.

Both Crisp squads will be back in action today when they play host to Cairo High in competition scheduled to get under way at 4 p.m.

Lady Cougars 5, Lady Pats 0

“This being our first match, I’ll have to say I was pleased,” Peeples said. “As the individual scores indicate, the overall match was close so the girls can’t afford to be satisfied with the 5-0 score.

“We need to understand the outcome could well have gone the other way had things gone just a little differently here and there.

“Still, I thought we did a good job of battling through some injuries and illness. Ashley Denby, for instance, held her own (at No. 2 singles) despite not having practiced much the last two weeks due to an ankle sprain.

“Catherine Mayo and Danielle Walls did well, too, considering this was the first time they had played together (at No. 1 doubles). Ninth graders Jordan Farmer and Laura Bertelson along with sophomore Madelin Hermanowski also did well in their first varsity competition.

“It was also good to see Julia Davis, who was our No. 1 singles players last year and will be again this season, turn in her usual consistent performance.”

GIRLS

Singles — Julia Davis (C) def. Savannah Boysen 6-3, 6-3; Ashley Denby (C) def. Rachel Clenney 7-5, 6-3, and Jordan Farmer (C) def. Jessica Rehberg 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.

Doubles — Catherine Mayo and Danielle Walls (C) def. Morgan Barton and Stephanie Rehberg 6-0, 6-2 and Laura Bertelson and Madelin Hermanowski (C) def. Lauren Bowers and Ally Hayes 6-3, 6-1.

Patriots 3, Cougars 2

In what Peeples described as a season of rebuilding and experience gaining, the youthful Cougars played reasonably well while going down in defeat.

“Not one singles player on our team has played a varsity match before and that’s the first time that’s happened in the almost 30 years I’ve been involved in the tennis program,” he said. “In fact, five of our seven players were involved in their first varsity match ever.

“I want them to understand they have to continuously work hard each and every day in practice and in match competition to get better.

“We’ll get to face every team we play in our region (1-AAAA) twice and with that thought in mind, the guys should remember that with the exception of one of the three matches we lost  we were in position to have wound up a 3-2 winner instead of a 3-2 loser. Considering that, I can’t be unhappy with the effort we got.”

On an individual basis, Peeples pointed out that No. 2 singles rep Jonathan Baker rallied from a first set loss in a long match he eventually won in a third-set tiebreaker. He also said sophomore Bryan Stewart did well at No. 3 singles in his first-ever varsity competition.

BOYS

Singles — Lane Hatcher (W) def. Derrick Bessix 6-0, 6-0; Jonathan Baker (C) def. Dillon Notz 3-6, 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker), 10-8, and Bryan Stewart (C) def. Dylan Armstrong 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles — Nathan Bell and Mark Petersen (W) def. John Barrett and Brandon Dominey 6-3, 6-3 and Win Bell and Chirag Mendpara (W) def. Zack West and Jonathan Walls 6-4, 6-1.

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