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Comet boys tennis team gets off to fast start with victories over GW, Martinsville / March 23, 2009
The HCHS boys’ tennis team is off to a terrific start this spring.

The Comets improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Western Valley district with a narrow 5-4 win over GW-Danville.

Here are the singles’ results: 1. Chris Moore (HC) d. Ben Harris 6-0, 5-7. (10-7) 2. Peyton Keesee d. Jacob Trent 6-4, 6-0 3. Pat Barnes (HC) d. Arjun Chahaun 6-0, 6-2 4. Ralph Tuck (HC) d. Will Booker 6-1, 5-7, (10-7) 5. Ryan Dodson d. John Michael Parnell (HC) 6-4, 1-6, (10-5) 6. Nathan Maultsby d. Tayler Tepper (HC) 6-1, 6-2 Here are the doubles’ results: 1. Moore/Barnes (HC) d. Harris/Keesee 6-4, 6-2 2. Trent/Tuck (HC) d. Chahaun/Maultsby 6-3, 6-4 3. Dodson/Martin Torres d. Ryan Dixon/Stephen Talbott (HC) 6-3, 6-4 There were two exhibition matches: Mitchell Long d. Taylor Elliott (HC) 8-1 Booker/Long d. Parnell/Thomas (HC) 8-1 “We knew this was going to be a battle going in. Both teams match up pretty even. It seemed for awhile that would could have had the advantage going into doubles, but things did not quite work out that way. But it was good to pull out the advantage in doubles. Both Moore/Barnes and Trent/Tuck had very solid matches. Coach Taylor and I are both pleased with our strong play there so far,” said HCHS coach David Riddle.

“Chris had his toughest challege of the year so far in singles, and pulled out the win in a very tough match. Barnes pull out another impressive victory, and Tuck pulled out an impressive third set win as well.

“As a team, we still have some things to work on, but are father along at this point than we have been in the past. And to pull out a win in our first district contest should certainly give us a great deal of momentum, which we certainly need early in the season,” said Riddle.

In earlier action, Halifax blanked Martinsville, 9-0.

Here are the singles’ results: 1. Chris Moore (HC) d. Bryan Bird 6-0, 6-0 2. Jacob Trent (HC) d. James Waltz 6-0, 6-1 3. Pat Barnes (HC) d. Mike Clark 6-0, 6-0 4. Ralph Tuck (HC) d. Troy Rakes 6-2, 6-0 5. John Michael Parnell (HC) d. Brandon Ford 6-1, 6-1 6. Tayler Tepper (HC) d. James Soots 6-1, 6-2

Here are the doubles’ results: 1. Moore/Barnes (HC) d. Byrd/Waltz 6-1, 6-1 2. Trent/Taylor Elliott (HC) d. Matt Clary/Mike Clark 6-0, 6-1 3. Ryan Dixon/Stephen Talbott (HC) d. Jordon Torrez/Cody Huffman 6-0, 6-1 Exhibition action: Parnell/Tepper (HC) d. Soots/Ford 8-2

“This was the type of performance that Coach Taylor and I have expected out of this group. The guys didn’t show any wear after playing several long matches against Prince Edward the previous day. There were very few unforced errors on our behalf as a team. Our shots were on target, and our play overall at the net was really solid.

“The top of the ladder guys with the most experience (Moore, Trent, Barnes, Tuck) continued to play well. We were especially pleased to see Parnell, Tepper, Dixon and Talbott rebound from losses the previous day to post convincing victories today. It was also good to see Taylor Elliott help us to a win in his first match in the top 3 doubles. He probably played as well as we have ever seen him play out there today,” said Riddle.

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