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Vatsal Lal makes a return in Monday's HCHS boys tennis match against Randolph Henry. / March 14, 2013

Halifax County High School boys’ tennis had a positive start to the season, recording a 7-2 win over Randolph-Henry Monday.

Coach David Riddle saw some positives.

“This was a good way to start the season. Everyone played hard, even in the losses we had. Those were against really tough players and came down to the wire both times. It was also good to see us get through the first tiebreak of the regular season with a victory as well. That has been one of obstacles over the years so it was good to keep our composure. “I was really pleased with the matches in the middle of the order. In all of those situations, we played strong and took advantage of opportunites in the matches. Those are the spots that are must wins in high school tennis so hopefully we can stay strong there.

“It was good to get everyone a match in today. All of the experienced players got a varsity match in and had strong contributions. And all of the new guys got exhibition in and were able to get the first wins of their careers as well. Court time is important for the new and old ones out there, so that will help us as a team.

“As I said in the preview, spots on this team are going to be highly contested all year, as you can tell by how some of the ladder has changed since our scrimmage a week and a half ago. This group is very tight as a team, but competitive with one another as well. That will benefit us in the long run,” Riddle wrote in an email.
1. Walker Dunavant d. Vatsal Lal (HC) 8-6
2. Gannon Griffin (HC) d. Jarrett Driskill 8-1
3. Michael Good (HC) d. Bryson Boettcher 8-1
4. Jonathan Thomas (HC) d. Matthew Williams 8-1
5. Roger Smith (HC) d. Forrest Andrews 8-1
6. Andrew Hatcher (HC) d. Blake Tharpe 9-8 (11-9)
1. Dunavant/Williams d. Lal/Griffin (HC) 8-6
2. Good/Smith (HC) d. Tharpe/Justin Lacks 8-2
3.  Forrest Nunn/Brad Booth (HC) d. Andrews/Devon Davis 8-3
Terence Vass/Ezra Walker (HC) d. Tyler Dixon/Caleb Trent 8-4
Malik Plesant/Gabe Pool (HC) d. Nick Pollard/Nick Ketchum 8-5
Brian Good/Lewis Link (HC) d. Cody Collinger/Grayson Pettus 8-1

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