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Comet girls pick up scrimmage win over Jefferson Forest / March 16, 2020
The Halifax County High School varsity girls tennis team picked up a scrimmage win over Jefferson Forest of Lynchburg 7-2, last week at HCHS.

But only after hours of effort to dry the courts after a mid-day shower soaked them down. The AD and the high school maintenance staff brought out the blowers, the coaches took the squeegees, some other good neighbors pitched in, and by the time the JF team arrived the courts were in good shape.

The locals have had close scrimmages with the Jefferson Forest team for the last two years, losing both 4-5.

“We have a very strong team this season, and were hoping for a strong start,” stated head coach Donna Hudson. “The girls did not disappoint; we took the match 7-2 with strong performances all around.”

Halifax dominated on most courts, getting 8-1 wins in singles with Kendall Foushee, Amanda Duffer, Maelyn Edwards and Blair Cole, as well as in our second and third doubles matches. Ellie Hall was also a winner, but with just a bit more excitement.

“She is a hard hitter, and the JF players’ style was much different from the more challenging matches were at the no. 2 seed singles and the no. 1 doubles, both of which featured JF’s only senior. Rosa Anna Ruotolo-Sarnataro, playing at no. 2, had a tough time with JF’s Heather Forton, who is one of the most aggressive players we have seen on any team we have come against,” said Hudson.

“Rose’s consistent and determined style of play took her through last year’s entire season undefeated at the same two seed but she wasn’t quite ready to handle the challenge of Tuesday’s opponent. She had a good rally mid match to take multiple games in succession, but lost the match 8-4.”

The Comets came up against Forton in the no. 1 doubles match, where Foushee and Duffer are starting the year.

“This is a fairly new pairing, and although they started out strong, they eventually lost the momentum and fell to the JF pair in a close 9-7 match. They led for most of the match, and looked very good together, but the JF team rallied while we blinked, and they pushed thru from five games down to take the lead and eventual win.

“We were really pleased with the performance of the Comet girls in their first outing of the year. We are a very strong team, with only our Duffer being new to the starting six.

The other five players in the top-six played top-six positions last year, so they have a good deal of experience. We are looking forward to seeing this group continue to build their game,” she said.

1 Kendall Foushee - Caitlyn Sewell W 8-1
2 Rosa Anna Ruotolo-Sarnataro - Heather Forton (senior) L 4-8
3 Amanda Duffer - Amelia Edmonds W 8-1
4 Ellie Hall - Danielle Syrek W 8-3
5 Maelyn Edwards - Helen Hasket W 8-1
6 Blair Cole - Jordan Keith W 8-1
1 Foushee/Amanda - Sewell/Forton L 7-9
2 Ruotolo-Sarnataro/Hall - Veronica Mazella/Duda Ayemore W 8-1
3 Edwards/Blair Cole - Rushui Patel/Hannah Kim W 8-1

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