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Comet girls improve to 4-0 after wins over Martinsville, Franklin County

SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity girls tennis recorded a 9-0 win at Martinsville Friday.

The Martinsville team is made of fairly new players, and they were not able be much of a threat against my more experienced players on any court.

HCHS is 4-0.

“We won 8-0 on both Court 1, with Kendall Foushee, and on Court 2, with Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro. Courts 3 and 4 seemed to have little stronger players facing Ellie Hall and Blair Cole, but we won both those 8-2. On Court 5, Maelyn Edwards had another 8-0 match, and on Court 6 Sarah Lacks won with an 8-1 game count. This gave us the match with 6 wins in singles,” said Comet coach Donna Hudson.

“We substituted for doubles, moving our regular 2 team of Rose and Blair up to the one spot, and them pulling in seed 7-8 for 2 doubles, and seed 9-10 for 3 doubles,” said Hudson.

“Playing Martinsville’s 2 and 3 seeds, Rose and Blair continued to work on moving together as a pair, and easily overpowered their opponents for an 8-0 win.

“On court 2, 7 seed Nya Brandon and 8 seed Megan Lewis faced Martinsville’s 1 and 4 seeds. This was Nya and Meg’s first competition match, and they played well together for an 8-3 win. Nya is a brand new player. She loves singles but hasn’t developed a fondness for doubles yet. She is still learning to read her partner’s moves, and to aggressively go after balls at the net. Meg played with us two years ago, and go a little experience with exhibition doubles then, but didn’t play last year. She did a good job of communicating to help her partner move as a teammate on court,” said Hudson.

“On the 3 Doubles court, we had another pairing of experienced player and new player. Amanda Duffer is our 9 seed, and she is a walk-on player this year. She has experience with volleyball and softball, but just started tennis in January. Amanda already has one of the strongest serves on the team, and is well on her way to developing a strong game. Morgan Epperson, our 10 seed, was her partner, and together they played very competitively against the Martinsville girls. Morgan is a consistent player who is not afraid to hit hard returns. She is working on her serve and will continue to improve. Morgan and Amanda won their match 8-4 by continuing to hustle as the match progressed,” said Hudson.

On Wednesday the Comets doubled up on Franklin County on the road, 6-3.

“There was excellent tennis on all courts in this competitive match. Franklin always has a strong team, so we really look forward to seeing how we stack up against them. We edged them out tonight, and will meet them again next week, on Wednesday, at home - hopefully for a repeat win,” said Hudson.

“We won on courts 1, 2, and 6 to tie the singles competitions. At 1 Kendall Foushee was overpowered in the first set, but adjusted her game and won the second set to put them into a 10 point tie breaker. She played a powerful, consistent opponent who was a good match for her. She could handle Foushee’s best serve without much worry, and her drop shot was as good as Foushee’s is. The Comets top player won by retaining her focus and being strategic with her shots.

Foushee had the momentum going into the tiebreaker, but lost it on a few errors. She was down 5-9 and it could have easily ended there. We were very proud of her for playing the rest of those points just one at a time and coming out on top for the win. This was great tennis to watch,” said Hudson.

Foushee prevailed, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 tiebreaker.

Rose Ruotolo Sarnatara brought home a win at the two spot, 6-2, 6-2. “She has learned to watch her opponent and adjust her game to suit. She is small, but she is formidable. She has dependable returns and is becoming more offensive. That, with her determined attitude, make her a great asset to our team,” said Hudson.

The other win was in the sixth spot, where Sarah Lacks faced another strong player, and had to really dig to get games. She eventually figured out where to target her shots, and was very effective in her ball placement. Lacks won, 6-5, 6-2. HCHS lost good matches in the singles’ matches 3-5.

Ellie Hall played well, but dropped the match at the three spot, 6-2, 6-1. Blair Cole struggled at the four spot, as she could not make the proper adjustments and lost, 6-2, 6-0.

Maelyn Edwards lost 6-4, 2-6, tiebreaker 3-10.

Edwards “played well, moving quickly to return balls and with good effort, but in the second set struggled to use all the court,” said Hudson. “With us tied going into doubles, we just tried to regroup and focus on what we know, and thanks to volunteer coach Ronnie Roller, we know how to play doubles. We just have to execute, and luckily our doubles teams did just that. We won on all 3 courts to secure the win,” said Hudson.

At 3 doubles, Sarah Lacks and Maelyn Edwards were much stronger than their opponents. They won easily 8-0.

Foushee and Hall also won 8-1 and Sarnatara and Cole won 9-7.



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