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June 25, 2014

Players raising a racquet at ABAC

TIFTON — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's campus is pretty lazy during hot summer days. Though the last day of one summer session was listed as ending Wednesday with exams starting today, few students were spotted around the perimeter of the campus.

There was one notable exception to the quiet. A flurry of activity could be seen and heard around the tennis center where ABAC head tennis coach Dale White was holding court with summer campers.

Twenty-six were in camp, White said. "Most are in middle school, [with] some high school," he said. Playing at ABAC is apparently popular in Moultrie. He said about half of the participants were from Colquitt County, with the rest "from around this area."

The camp started Monday and is to last through today. He divides the activity into two periods. Mornings are dedicated to drills. After a break for lunch, they return to action. During the afternoon schedule, he said, the players are separated into teams and concentrate on match play. White keeps an eye on the proceedings and offers tips.

Despite the heat — the temperature was predicted to reach 89 degrees Wednesday, according to the Weather Channel — he said they had mostly experienced good weather. "The weather was only an issue yesterday," he said of Tuesday's downpour.

White was looking forward to the upcoming tennis season for his ABAC teams. In the spring, the Stallions won their region while the Fillies were runners-up. A mention of Josh Page earned perhaps the biggest grin.

Page won a national title in May at No. 1 singles, won Most Valuable Player honors at the NJCAA Region XVII tournament and also took the ITA Small College Regional last October. The national title was the first from No. 1 singles since 1999.

"Josh is probably going to UGA in the fall to meet their coaches," said White. "It will be good experience for him."

Page will not be the only returnee this fall. The Stallions are set to have four sophomores on the roster. For the Fillies? "Not so many," he said. "Only two."

 

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