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With Lackey trailing four matches to three, it all came down to the final two boys doubles contests on Friday at Thomas Stone.
In both, Lackey was able to pull it out in straight sets to help clinch the 5-4 victory.
“We won in straight sets, so that was a good thing for them,” Lackey head coach Ken Griffith said. “They are improving, staying strong, and we are just trying to get the kids geared up for when they go in to the SMAC tournament. This will raise their level of play here, that’s what they are working on.”
Lackey junior Ron Pitts and freshman partner Alex Lateaulere tied the match at 4 apiece after they won 6-4, 6-3 versus Stone’s John Thompson and Antonio Miguelez in No. 1 doubles.
“We just focused on playing the ball today. We had a tough match versus Northern, so we had to pick our heads back up and get a win for Lackey,” Pitts said. “[Stone] played a lot of from the baseline, so we hit a lot of drop shots and slices to keep them at the net. We just worked on getting the ball in.”
Lateaulere added, “I’m pretty stoked because we lost to Northern, so this was kind of redemption for us. ... Ron’s really good at keeping me focused and motivated to do better.”
It was all up to the No. 2 unit, and junior Charlie Campbell and Blake Demby cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 victory to cap off the day and put the Chargers in the win column.
“It’s great being a key part to helping our team winning,” Campbell said. “Our goal is to have a winning season and we are aiming closer to that.”
Pitts added, “The match was on either one of our shoulders. ... Coach Griffith told me that it was [4-3], so it’s on boys doubles to bring home the ‘W.’ We had to focus on playing our matches and we did that.”
Griffith spoke highly of the effort both doubles duos brought.
“They stayed aggressive,” Griffith said. “Normally they would slack and lose some confidence, but not today, they stayed in there and kept on playing. Even when they made a bad shot previously they blocked it out. They kept on making shots and put pressure on their opponents.”
Though the match came down to boys doubles, Thomas Stone head coach Tom Parker mentioned that one of his team’s downfalls was in the singles matches.
“At that point when the last three matches of the day were going on, I was saying, ‘We have to win two out of three,’” he said. “With both our boys doubles losing their first sets, I knew it was going to be tough.”
The Cougars (2-6, 2-5 SMAC) won both girls doubles matches, as Cassie Vaughn and Kierra Croons took care of business at No. 1, while the No. 2 tandem of Emmie Parks and Emily Vaughn won to make the match 4-3.
Lackey (4-6, 3-5) has earned all four of its wins versus Charles County opponents thus far. It traveled to Huntingtown on Monday and fell 6-2 with the mixed doubles match not completing because of rain and will host La Plata at 4 p.m. today, looking to sweep its county foes for the season.
The Chargers’ win on Friday was a huge momentum swing from its 9-0 loss to Northern the day before, making up an April 18 postponement, as all of its matches went two sets.
“This was [a] relief,” Griffith said on bouncing back from Thursday’s loss. “It puts us a game [away] from .500 and our goal is to get above .500, so we are going to push with everything we have. This was another county win for us. It keeps us up to par with our goals for the year.”
Stone senior Kimberly Brewer earned the only win in singles for the team as she rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Lackey senior Hannah Parent in No. 1 girls. Senior Emily Roof won singles at No. 2 in straight sets.
“[Hannah] had some good shots, but I returned a lot them, she really has a good serve,” said Brewer, who also plays on the volleyball team. “I’m really proud of myself today because she’s a really good player. The weather was really nice and it wasn’t windy, those days can really throw your game off. It was a good day. I had trouble getting my first serve in. My game is just keeping it in play.”
Parker added, “We lost to Chopticon [6-3 on Thursday to make up an April 18 postponement] and lost all four singles matches, so she came back very strong today. ... She’s been a strong player for us this season. She’s solid and very team-oriented and spirited.”
In No. 1 boys singles, Lackey senior Sam Paras collected a 7-5, 6-1 victory, while Daniel Santos at No. 2 added a victory in straight sets.
“I wanted to relax, I came out a little excited at the beginning and used a lot of power,” said Paras, who had ice on his right arm because of soreness. “Throughout the match, I started to settle down and place my shots instead of hit it past him. Overall, it’s been very competitive in boys singles this year, a lot of good matches.”
In mixed doubles, the Cougars duo of Kelly Flaherty and Dion Taylor won 7-5 in the first set and finished things off in the second set, 6-1.
“It was very close and I was hoping that we win the match today,” Parker said, “but Lackey played well and we will have to live to fight another day.”
Stone’s match on Monday at Patuxent was postponed to Tuesday, which finished too late for inclusion in this edition. The Cougars are scheduled to host McDonough at 4 p.m. today.
Lackey 5, Thomas Stone 4
Paras (L) def. Marlett, 7-5, 6-1
Santos (L) def. Zimmerman, 6-2, 7-5
Brewer (TS) def. Parent, 6-4, 6-3
Roof (L) def. Wade, 6-1, 6-4
Pitts and Lateaulere (L) def. Thompson/Miguelez, 6-4, 6-3
Campbell/Demby (L) def. Braden/Smallhorn, 6-4, 6-4
C. Vaughn/Croons (TS) def. Prasser/Asimenios, 6-1, 6-2
Parks/E. Vaughn (TS) def. Oguro/Allen, 6-1, 6-1
Flaherty/Taylor (TS) def. Anderson/Davis, 7-5, 6-1