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Boys take down Franklin 5-2 for Piedmont championship

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / May 16, 2019
The Halifax County High School boys’ tennis team claimed the Piedmont District tournament title Monday, with a 5-2 win over Franklin County.

Halifax is now 16-0.

“This was a huge win for our program. We have had some runner up finishes as a team in Conference play and had some district individual success, but this is our first post season district championship. It has been a few years since we have had a district tournament but I am glad that we brought it back. Even though this is an individual sport as far as the actual match you are participating in at the time, Coach Palmore and I put a huge emphasis on the fact that we are a team and our success comes when the whole team achieves. So to not only be 16-0 but also have a Piedmont District title under our belt will hopefully be a huge boost as we head into regional play next week,” said Comet coach David Riddle.

“Franklin County always comes to play, and today was no exception. In my years of coaching the if there is one opponent that I would say that we have consistently had the closest down to the wire matches with it is Franklin. We beat them earlier in the year but had not seen them since late March. Coach Amos does a great job with this program and we knew that they were going to be tough and they were. My hats off to them for their level of play out there today,” said Riddle.

“We struggled at times out there, but we needed that. We have told them that they need the tough matches and to see how they would respond, and they responded well today. We were down in quite a few of the wins that we had, and even played down to the wire in our losses. “We are going to celebrate this win, but we also know that we need to get back to work and prepare for regionals. We will look at the mistakes we saw today and get ready for the quarterfinals next week,” said Riddle.

Singles

1. Ben Irby (HC) def Chris Taylor 6-4, 6-1

2. Drew Salley (HC) def Dakota Treadway 7-5, 6-4

3. Matthew Thompson def Minjune Kim (HC) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

4. Luke Redd (HC) def Bram David 6-0, 6-4

5. Owen McAbee (HC) def Kobe Levisy 6-1, 6-0

6. Stone Gibbs def Grayson Ballance (HC) 7-5, 6-4

Doubles

1. Irby/Salley (HC) def Taylor/David 6-2, 6-2

2. Salley/Redd (HC) vs Treadway/Thompson 4-3 DNF

3. Ballance/Trevor Riddle (HC) vs Levisy/Gibbs 3-0 DNF





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