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Eagles turn back Gators on courts

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on March 30, 2012 1:49 PM

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A solid effort.

Rosewood emerged victorious on five singles courts and handed county archrival Spring Creek a 7-2 loss on the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' tennis scene Thursday afternoon.

"It was a good match ... pretty solid," first-year Eagles head coach Clifton Greenup said. "We're happy to win it."

Returning starters Fouad Ismail and Daniel El Awar each secured a straight-set win at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Newcomers Dylan Cuddington (No. 1 seed), freshman Jake Smith (No. 6) and junior Hunter Hinson (No. 5) also won in straight sets.

Cuddington dropped just one game.

"I was most impressed with our younger players," Greenup said. "They continue to get better and I am really excited about that. Dylan has continued to be exceptional on the court at number one."

Cuddington-Ismail and Tyler Power-Hinson triumphed at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, respectively.

Fourth-seeded Cody Boozer, one of five returning starters in the Gators' lineup, turned back the Eagles' Nolan Tubb 7-6 (6), 6-3. Boozer-Adam Haggerty outlasted El Awar-Tubb 9-8 (5) at No. 2 doubles.

"We didn't quit and that's been a big thing for us sometimes this season," SC head coach Ryan Fields said. "They always want to do well and continue to give a good effort every match. The biggest thing we need to improve on is our consistency.

"We need to make sure we're not making too many unforced errors and that is our number one goal right now."