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Comets fall to Martinsville

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Taylor Tepper makes a return during Wednesday’s opening match for the Halifax County High School boys tennis team. Tepper, playing in the no. 1 slot, won his match over Martinsville’s Brandon Ford, but the Comets were edged 5-4. (See story page B2)
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Martinsville edged Halifax, 5-4, in non-district action Wednesday in boys’ tennis action.

“Being our first match we certainly would have loved to start out with a team win, but overall Coach (Ned) Covington and I did see some positives. First of all, this was the first match that counted for all of these guys except for two, coach David Riddle said.

“The guys all went out and played competitive. We were especially pleased with Tepper’s first match at #1. He was behind in both sets and came back to win. Last year, he would have likely got down in those situations, but he kept his head in it and pulled out solid wins. Vatsal was able to pull out a tiebreak win in a very tough match, and Roger played a solid second set in at #5 after having a tight first one. In doubles, our final win of the day came from Griffin and Hampton Smith in their first time ever playing together as a team,” Riddle said.

“Even in our losses, the matches were all competitive. We just lost in too many deuce situations. I think a lot of that had to do with first match jitters, and simply not executing when we had easy opportunities to win points. Not to take anything away from Martinsville, but we beat ourselves on far too many of our lost points today. But that is something that will improve with more experience. We simply hung our heads on too many lost points today. We need to shake those off and step back and get ready to win the next one.

“We are also playing without Michael Good due to injury right now, who played in the top 6 of the singles ladder all of last season. That has affected the top of the ladder for us. Hopefully we will have him back soon.”

1. Tayler Tepper (HC) d. Brandon Ford 6-3, 6-4

2. Alex Morrison d. Gannon Griffin (HC) 6-1, 6-1

3. Vatsal Lal (HC) d. Seth Jarrett 6-3, 2-6, (13-11)

4. Jordan Torrez d. Hampton Smith (HC) 6-4, 6-1

5. Roger Smith (HC) d. L.B. Fox 7-5, 6-1

6. Ben Pinkston d. Jonathan Thomas (HC) 6-4, 6-1 There were three doubles matches:

1. Ford/Morrison d. Tepper/Lal (HC) 5-7,6-1, (10-4)

2. Griffin/H.Smith (HC) d. Jarrett/Torrez 7-5, 7-5

3. Fox/Pinkerson d. R.Smith/Thomas 6-3, 6-0



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