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Comet boys struggle in individual match play in tennis / May 18, 2017
Halifax County High School boys tennis struggled during individual match action in conference 16 play.

In round one, Ben Oley (PH-A) defeated Gordon Taylor (HC) 6-0, 6-0.

In quarterfinal action, Jacob Deaton (Atlee) downed Jacob Wenzel (HC) 6-0, 6-0.

Halifax also participated in conference 16 doubles play.

In round one, Hilton/Case (PH-R)defeated Taylor/Owen McAbee(HC) 6-0, 6-2. In quarterfinals action, Connor/McGovern (Alb) eliminated Wenzel/Brent Edwards (HC) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.

“We told the guys as we prepared for the tourney that it was going to be unlike anything they had seen all year. The competition when you put the 1s and 2s from each team out there is tough. Most teams are going to have solid players at the top, and we saw that in Roanoke,” said coach David Riddle.

“The entire group fought hard. The scores do not completely indicate what happened in the matches. We had alot go to deuce that just did not go our way in the end.

“We were especially proud of the effort from Wenzel and Edwards in the doubles match. Anyone who follows boys tennis in Virginia knows that Albermarle is a power year in and year out. Our success over the years against them has been limited. To play that type of match against them speaks volumes for how much effort our guys put in,” said Riddle.

“The positive is that these guys that participated all got to see individual tourney action for the first time. And three of the four will be back to experience it again next year. We had our second straight 12-2 season, and the third 10 win season in the past four years. We are continuing to build up the program, and have six of our eight players from last year coming back next season. Things should continue to go up for us,” said Riddle.

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