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Comet boys tennis coach David Riddle speaks with Jacob Wenzel during a break in his no. 1 singles match Tuesday. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 24, 2018
Harrisonburg has ended the team tennis postseason hopes for the previously unbeaten Comet boys’ tennis team.

Harrisonburg, the no. 4 seed on the south end of the regional bracket, defeated a strong HCHS team, 5-3, in South Boston Tuesday.

“This was one of the closest postseason matches that we have ever seen. In our past situations, it as either been a win or a loss for us by a wide margin. This one came down to the wire and could have been either teams win. “We started off big with Drew and Minjune giving us an early advantage. They both played tremendous matches. Owen and Gordon both dropped their singles matches to tie it at two. Jacob had what can only be described as a battle at 1. Both sets came down to 6-6 splits and a tiebreak. Unfortunately for us, we were on the losing end of both,” coach David Riddle said.

“Ben dropped his first set after having a early lead. Instead of letting that get to him, He came back with a huge win in the second. In the third, we was down 4-1 when a huge rain came. He was able to come back after a two hour delay and pick up a tremendous win to take us into doubles with a tie. “The doubles matches just didn’t go our way. We were competitive in all of them, and had a ton of games go to deuce even in the losses. I dont know if the weather delay impacted it at all or the length of the matches, but we just fell in the end,” said Riddle.

“Even with this loss, Coach Palmore and I told the guys that this loss today shouldn’t define our season. 15-1 is certainly nothing to hang their heads on. I hate it for the guys because they have put so much into every practice and every match. They came in ready to play and fought hard. This has been a historic season for this group. For those returning we will look to carry this success into next year,” said Riddle.

“We still have individuals in singles and doubles for the regionals with Jacob in singles and he and Gordon in doubles. As seniors we will look to cap off their careers with success there.

“I would also like to congratulate the girls team on their hard fought win tonight. They had to deal with all the weather and delays that we did and picked up a huge win. I would also like to say thanks to the entire tennis community for coming together to get the courts dried so we could finish play. There were leaf blowers and squeegees going on every court. You guys did a great job to help these young athletes compete,” said Riddle.

Singles

1. Toby Yoder def Jacob Wenzel (HC) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3)

2. Ben Irby (HC) def Theo Yoder 5-7, 6-3, 7-5

3. John Collier def Gordon Taylor (HC) 6-0, 6-3

4. Gavin Poirtot def Owen McAbee (HC) 6-4, 6-0

5. Minjune Kim (HC) def Michael Sy 6-3, 6-3

6. Drew Salley (HC) def Gabe Eshelman 6-3, 6-0

Doubles

1. Yoder/Youder def Wenzel/Taylor (HC) 6-0, 6-3

2. Irby/Mcabee (HC) vs Collier/Poirot 6-3, 4-2 (DNF)

3. Sy/Eshleman def Kim/Salley (HC) 6-3, 6-3

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