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SoVaNow.com / April 15, 2019
Halifax County High School girls’ tennis defeated Bassett, 6-3, in latest Piedmont District action Wednesday.

Halifax improved to 6-1.

“We always face a tough team at Bassett, and it was sweet to bring home a win. We had some health challenges and during warm-ups we were contemplating which girls were well enough to play and how to substitute if we had to. We had to pull Sarah Lacks from the 7 seed up to substitute at the 4 position, and we knew that several other players weren’t feeling 100 percent,” said Comet coach Donna Hudson.

“Our girls pushed through in spite of the heat, and played great tennis. This was Kendall Foushee’s first full match after an injury. She played fairly well at singles, but you could tell she was a little rusty from lack of court time. Ellie Hall was another player who was not feeling well before the match,and she really wasn’t sure she could play her second set, but she pushed through and played one of the best sets we have seen all year. She and Kendall rallied for the doubles, and controlled that match from the start,” said Hudson.

Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro continued her run at the singles 2 spot, and is now undefeated in that position. That is quite an impressive accomplishment at the top of the ladder. Sarah Lacks subbed in at 4 seed for us and coincidentally faced a sub for Bassett’s 4 spot. She was playing beside the 5 seeds, with Blair Cole there for us. Both girls took control of their first sets and both won those 6-2. Bassett opponents must have figured out some things in those sets - both Sarah and Blair tied their second sets 6-6. Blair played her tie breaker a few minutes before Sarah played hers¦ but both came out to the good winning 7-1. It was eerie to have identical set scores and Tiebreaker scores in those key matches. On both of those courts, the girls played strategic, fast, hard tennis that was a joy to watch,” said Hudson.

“We lost the 6 seed match in a 4-8 pro set, with Nya Brandon, a new player, struggling to get her game going in time. We were up 4-2 going into doubles - meaning we only had to win one of those for the match. All the doubles were very competitive, so much so that it was stressful to try to watch three courts of fast-paced, fierce tennis. We jumped to a good lead on both court 1 and court 3, but traded games at 2 for most of the match. Kendall and Ellie were very sharp on 1. Kendall got her 1st serve going and had a number of aces. She and Ellie both were focused on angles and returning away from the opponent at the net. Rose and Blair played very well against strong opponents, and were never far from their next game, but they could not quite maintain enough control to win at 2. Ellie and Maelyn never trailed on 3, playing good net and moving the ball well to dominate,” said Hudson.

On Thursday, the Comets shut down Prince Edward County, 9-0.

Kendall Foushee won at the no. 1 spot, 8-1. Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro won at the two spot, 8-0. Ellie Hall won at the no. 3 spot, 8-3. Maelyn Edwards won at the no. 4 spot, 8-0. Blair Cole and Nya Brandon won handily, 8-2. In doubles’ action, Rose and Sarah Lacks won 8-2, Amanda Duffer and Megan Lewis prevailed, 8-1 and Anna Lewis and Morgan Epperson won, 8-4.

Halifax is 9-1.

“The Prince Edward girls show a good deal of improvement over where they were at the beginning of our season; however, our girls have also improved and had little trouble dominating across the courts. We were able to sub in doubles, letting some of the girls further down the ladder have competitive matches. We are a very deep team, so even playing our 8-11 seeds we were still in control,” said Comet coach Donna Hudson.

Bassett results

Singles

1 Jessica Beam (B) def Kendall Foushee (HC) 6-2, 6-3

2. Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro (HC) def Carlee Cockran (B) 6-2 6-4

3. Ellie Hall (HC) def Megan Scott (B) 6-4 6-1

4. Sarah Lacks (subbing for Maelyn Edwards) (HC) def Ashley Minnick (B)

6-2 6-6 TB 7-1

5. Blair Cole (HC) def Abi Craig (B) 6-2 6-6 TB 7-1

6. Rya Hall (B) def Nya Brandon (HC) 4-8

Doubles

1. Foushee/Hall (HC) def Beam/Cockran (B) 8-4

2. Scott/Minnick (B) def Ruotolo-Sarnataro/Cole (HC) 6-8

3. Maelyn Edwards/Sarah Lacks (HC) def Craig/Hall (B) 8-4



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