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Lady Packer varsity tennis end middle of the pack in Invitational

Mar. 9—MOULTRIE — During the Viking Tennis Invitational, athlete Emily Lampman — who is currently undefeated in region play at No. 3 singles — was the sole Lady Packer to win all of her matches.

Competing in two singles matches and two doubles matches, Lampman's closest match was still won by four points.

"We played a different format than we play during regular season," said Amber Day. "In this Invitational, players could play twice, once in doubles and again in singles short match."

The Lady Packers ranked 5th place out of the eight total teams.

The invitational was hosted in Valdosta beginning on Friday and was two days of competition.

Battling two teams on Friday and one on Saturday, the Lady Packers split the Friday matches and were unable to complete all matches on Saturday, but where ahead when play was called.

Berrien High School was the first team the Lady Packers faced.

}Competing in both singles and doubles, Lampman got her first two victories.

In 3 singles, Lampman won 8-2, and in No. 2 doubles, with partner Ada Craft, won 8-4.

All other matches went to Berrien and the Lady Packers lost 4-2.

Craft in No. 1 singles lost 6-8, and Carolyne Turner at number 2 singles lost 1-8.

The double team of Julia Costin and Candance Moses, playing number 1 doubles, lost 2-8.

Jayley Johnson and Laura Gonzales in number 3 doubles lost 7-9.

Friday evening the Lady Packers played another match against Valdosta, winning 4-2.

Again playing both in singles and doubles, Lampman would collect her final two wins of the invitational.

Winning 8-2 in each match, Lampman competed at No. 3 singles and at No. 2 doubles with Craft as her partner.

Locking up the win for the Lady Packers was Turner with her 8-3 win.

The final win came from No. 3 doubles, Gonzales and Johnson, when it was forfeit by Valdosta due to an injury.

}No. 1 doubles team of Moses and Costin in lost 2-8, and Craft, in No. 1 singles, also lost 2-8.

Saturday morning saw one more match before the Lady Packers made their way back to Colquitt County, this time against Bainbridge.

Though they only had time for doubles matches, the Lady Packers were ahead when the matches were called.

Craft and Turner in No. 1 doubles won 8-3.

Battling to turn the match around were Costin and Moses in No. 2 doubles when they were behind 5-7 when the invitational ended.

Holding at 7-6 was the No. 3 doubles team of Johnson and Jaelyn Wier.

"I am incredibly proud of the way they played," said Day. "They rallied around each other and kept their heads in the game winning and losing close games."

The Lady Packers will have a rematch with Berrien on Wednesday, March 13 on their turf, and will compete in in the Golden Isle Invitational in Brunswick the weekend of March 15.