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The Comets fell to 5-2, 2-1, Piedmont District. Halifax has another difficult test against Magna Vista Friday on the road.

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Boys tennis lose to Glass, 1-0 in WVD

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CONCENTRATION - Chris Moore of the HCHS tennis team makes a return in match action. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 02, 2009
The HCHS boys’ tennis team is 5-1 overall, and 1-0 in the Western Valley district.

The Comets split two matches, losing to E.C. Glass Tuesday, 9-0, after a 6-3 win over Prince Edward in non-district action Monday.

Halifax did not record any wins in singles or doubles’ action against Glass, although the Hilltoppers needed extra time to win out at no. 1. George Gianakos downed HCHS’ Chris Moore, 6-2, 1-6, (10-6).

The Hilltoppers won the rest of the singles’ matches. No. 2 netter Derek Gale downed Jacob Trent, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Patrick Brown downed Halifax’s Pat Barnes, 6-2, 6-1; no. 4 John James defeated Ralph Tuck, 6-0, 6-0; no. 5 Rodrigo DeGama downed the Comets’ John Michael Parnell, 6-0, 6-1; and no. 6 Scottie Taylor defeated the Comets Ryan Dixon, 6-0, 6-0.

The Hilltoppers won all three doubles’ matches, with the no. 2 match the closest. James/DeGama downed Trent/Tuck, 6-2, 7-5.

Comet coach David Riddle said Glass is the top team in the WVD, having already beaten PH 8-1 the previous day.

“Our goal is to rebound from this loss and prepare for the rest of our district matches,” said Riddle.

“Our goal…is to rebound from this loss and prepare for the rest of our district matches. Our goal is to still finish in the top half of the district and shoot for one of the two regional spots,” said Riddle.

Riddle noted from the Glass match that the Comets did play better than the score indicated.

“Chris was able to pull his match against George to a third set tiebreak, after losing to him in straight sets both times last season. And we really played solid as well in doubles, keeping things close at both the number one and two spot,” said Riddle.

HCHS downs PH: The Comets got a solid win over Prince Edward HS on Monday.

The Comets won, 6-3.

Moore won his match, 6-0, 6-0, at no. 1, while Trent won at no. 2, 6-0, 7-5.

Barnes won at no. 3, 6-0, 6-3. Parnell won at five, 6-3, 6-0. Dixon won at the no. 6 spot, 6-4, 6-2.

HCHS swept PH in doubles’ action.

“Coach (Brady) Taylor and I were pleased with our effort from the beginning.

We need to have matches like this where we are able to clinch things in singles and make things easier by the time we get to doubles. Moore, Trent, Barnes and Parnell all continued their winning ways, and had rather convincing wins.

“It was also pleasing to see Dixon play well in his first singles match in the top six. He came from behind and his match actually clinched (the match win) for us today. Ralph (Tuck) had a hard-fought third set loss. It’s tough, because it was his first loss of the season, but he should be able to learn from what he did wrong and get another winning streak going,” said Riddle.



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