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Comet girls complete successful tennis season

SoVaNow.com / June 03, 2019
Halifax County High School girls’ tennis has finished one of its most successful campaigns ever.

“Our girls did a great job representing Halifax County. This was our first appearance in semifinal games and we were strong opponents for every team we faced. We had multiple coaches seek us out to compliment our girls on great effort and games well-played. Our girls were attentive to the strong tennis that was being played on all the courts surrounding us, and are motivated to keep bringing their own games up a level, week by week. We had several players join us just to watch, and they were learning almost as much as the girls who played. As coaches we were taking notes and seeing what we need to add to our own routines. We hope to continue to move the girls tennis program in the direction we need to in order to have winners in regional competition,” said coach Donna Hudson.

“I continue to be grateful to my volunteer coaches, Shane Foushee and Ronnie Roller, both of whom made the long trip and stuck with us for Regionals. They are just instrumental in every success we have had,” said Hudson.

We took Kendall Foushee and Amanda Duffer to represent us in the Regional Individual tournament May 29 and 30. Kendall played as our 1 seed in the singles tournament, and also as a partner in our 1 doubles.

Kendall was the 1 seed for the South subregion. She had a bye for first round, and faced Andrea Osinkosky of Harrisonburg in the quarterfinals in a 10 am match. We were playing outside in 90 degree heat at UMW in Fredericksburg, where they have 12 outdoor courts and six indoor courts. She went into this match very confident, having just defeated this same player in team competition the previous week. She played well, taking advantage of some weak serving from her opponent and dominating that match for a 6-1 6-3 victory.

SEMIFINALS

Kendall played against Stafford’s Sara Selby in the semifinals, inside on court 1. Kendall got behind in the first set, 1-3, then rallied to tie at 3-3, and again at 5-5. Selby took the next game with aggressive serving, and then took the set as lost a little fire in her own serve for a 5-7 loss of first set. Kendall’s serves had been very strong up to that last game, and Selby had to really play her best to get this win. Kendall took the first 2 games in the second set, but Selby rallied to come back to a 2-2 tie. She won the next two games by barely edging Kendall out before Kendall took another game to get to 3-4. The two played close, aggressive tennis to end the set, with Selby just barely taking the last 2 games. Kendall had very few unforced errors, but Selby edged her out with great placement for a 3-6 Halifax loss.

DOUBLES

We had newcomer Amanda Duffer partnered with Kendall for regional Individual doubles.

Kendall played with our 3 seed Ellie Hall at 1 doubles most of the regular season, but Ellie was out of town for regional competition. Towards the end of regular season we had started trying others with Kendall for doubles, knowing Ellie would not be available. We didn’t want to interrupt other doubles teams while they were still competing, and had a great option in our up-and-coming 6 seed, Duffer, so we worked with Amanda to get her ready to play with Kendall for Regionals. Amanda spent a lot of extra time on court, staying late and putting weekend time in on her own to get ready, and she did a great job partnering with Kendall against much more experienced players at Regionals. She and Kendall worked well together, complimenting each others styles nicely.

QUARTERFINALS

Our duo faced the Harrisonburg duo of Osinkosky and Sarah Earle in a match that was moved inside with start time that was delayed until 4 p.m. as we waited for the singles matches to finish. Kendall and Ellie had just lost 6-10 to this pair a week ago, so we knew it would be a tough match to pull out. Osinkosky had lost out of singles competition v Kendall that morning, and had been sitting resting while Kendall played her semifinals match. This was Kendall’s third match of the day. Fortunately for us, she had enough left to play great tennis with Amanda to take this match from Harrisonburg. The first set was tight, playing to a 6-6 tie and forcing a tiebreaker. Both Kendall and Amanda had great service performance, getting over 50 percent of first serves in with only 1 Double Fault in the entire match, while the Harrisonburg duo faltered a bit with their service game. Our girls remained calm thru the tiebreaker, hitting multiple winners and handling strong serves to them to bring it home with 7-5 victory. We took that momentum into the second set, and won that in a much more dominating 6-1 push. Strong serves from both girls kept our opponents in defensive mode.

SEMIFINALS

For the semifinals we faced the MountainView duo of seniors Casey Jackson and Taylor Larned. We were playing outside again at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. It was once again very hot, just not quite hot enough for them to move us inside. We somehow overnight lost our service edge, with both of our players using many more second serves, and suffering from jitters to double fault much more than is normal for them. We started off playing well, hitting with them to trade games to a 3-3 position. Their players attacked us aggressively at the net, but we were able to fend off as many as we lost there. We stayed with them to a 4-4 tie before seeing the last two games slip away as their aggression increased and we moved into defensive mode. We couldn’t seem to get out of that defensive mode for the second set, but we played well enough to continue to trade games to 3-3 again before they upped the pace to take the last 3 games and the match. Our girls seemed to lose confidence in their own normal fast-paced strokes, and their opponents used that to edge ahead. When we got a little tentative in our shots they got a little more aggressive and it moved the momentum their way,” said Hudson.

Singles

Quarterfinals

Kendall Foushee defeated Andrea Osinkosky (Harrisonburg) 6-1 6-3

Semifinals

Kendall Foushee lost to Sara Selby (Stafford) 5-7 3-6

Doubles

Quarterfinals

Foushee/Amanda Duffer defeated Osinkosky/ Sarah Earle (Harrisonburg) 6-6

TB 7-5 6-1

Semifinals

Foushee/Duffer lost to Casey Jackson / Taylor Larned (MV) 6-4 6-3



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