Early honours to Southern Lakes

Southern  Lakes has edged Otago 7-5 in the first of two rounds in the Southern teams event.

The Southern Lakes team managed to win three of the four men's singles as Alistair Hunt, Perry Crockett and Thomas Hartono defeated Otago's Ryan Eggers, Paddy Ou and Mitchell Sizemore, all in straight sets.

Carlos Reid got one back for Otago, beating Lan Bale in impressive fashion after losing the first set to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a match that featured several breaks of serve.

The women's singles were split as Otago won the No1 singles through Libby Scott proving too much for Emilia Price (Southern Lakes), and the No4 clash as Ayesha Horley, making her Otago debut, defeated Suma Ito (Southern Lakes).

Southern Lakes won the middle-order matches which featured the match of the tie as Ines Stephani (Southern Lakes) came through in an exciting finish, winning 7-6 in the third set, over Otago's Megan Rogers, and Jenny Zhang (Southern Lakes) defeated Rileigh Fields (Otago).

In the top men's doubles, one break of serve each set was all Hunt and Crockett required as they came through against Reid and Sizemore 6-3, 6-4. Eggers and Ou were able to salvage the bottom doubles for Otago as the duo came from set down to defeat Thomas and Peter Hartono 5-7, 6-3, 10-7.

In the top women's doubles, Scott and Rogers had win for Otago over Price and Ito.

This left the tie at 6-5 to Southern Lakes with the bottom doubles going to a deciding super tie-break.

Southern Lakes managed to seal the deal as Felicity Oxnevad and Zhang survived against Horley and Jessie Stevenson 10-7 to claim the 7-5 overall victory.

In the earlier rounds, both teams were able to defeat North Otago and Southland.

Southland men's No1 Sky Louvill proved a force winning all his singles matches.

North Otago was able to finish in third place as it beat Southland in the final tie of the weekend for the two teams.

The second round of the event takes place in late February.

 - Ryan Eggers

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