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Comets play tough, but fall to Jefferson Forest in tennis

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / March 12, 2018
Jefferson Forest boys’ tennis sailed past Halifax County High School 7-1 in preseason tennis scrimmage action Thursday.

“We knew coming it that this was going to be a tough but good match to get in before the regular season started. JF has a top six that for the most part has three-year starters in it. We were going in with mostly 2 year starters, a couple starting for the first time, and people moving up in position. I think getting the scrimmage on Tuesday rained out hurt us as well. It would have been good to work out some of our beginning of the year problems there before facing a solid team like this,” said Comet coach David Riddle.

“We saw a lot of what we expected to see in a scrimmage. A lot of unforced errors, trying to do too much, feeding the net man, and just simple nervous play as times as well. We talked about what we saw out there and will work on it before the regular season opens on Wednesday,” said Riddle.

“I was pleased with the play at the middle of the lineup. Ben had a very solid match at three, and Owen was going to a tiebreak before weather set in and we had to stop the match. And they both worked well together in a close doubles match as well.

“One positive out of today was in comparison this match box score looked very similiar to our scrimmage against them last year, and we proceeded to have a very successful season after we worked on and learned from our mistakes here. This team has alot of fight in them and will certainly build off of today and get ready for next week,” said Riddle.

Singles results:

1. Robbie Hall def Jacob Wenzel (HC) 8-4;

2. Jacob Hannell def Gordon Taylor (HC) 8-1;

3. Ben Irby (HC) def Trent Johnson 8-5;

4. Owen McAbee (HC) vs Daniel Burger 8-8 (DNF-weather);

5. Jeff Scott def Minjune Kim (HC) 8-0;

6. Jordon Lumpkin def Drew Salley (HC) 8-0.

Doubles results:

1. Hall/Hannell def Wenzel/Taylor (HC) 8-2;

2. Scott/Lumpkin def Irby/McAbee (HC) 8-6;

3. Johnson/Burger def Kim/Salley (HC) 8-2.

Exhibition:

Will Haslett def Luke Redd (HC) 8-1;

Basil Ahmad def Andrew Cole (HC) 8-0;

Jonathan Peterson def Grayson Ballance (HC) 8-1.

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