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Jacob Wenzel makes a return in Friday’s Comet tennis match against Randolph-Henry. (David Conner II photos) / March 19, 2018
Halifax County High School boys’ tennis improved to 2-0 with a 9-0 shutout win over Randolph-Henry Friday.

“This was another solid day for us. After playing yesterday, we figured there might be a little bit of fatigue. But the guys came out and played strong against a much improved Randolph Henry team that had most of its starting lineup back from last season.

“Right now we are playing smart tennis. The guys are getting their serves in, playing their shots right and moving their opponents around. We still have some things that we know we need to work on and improve. But overall we are about where we expected to be at this point. We will look to play even better next week when we see the Statesmen again and play Patrick County in our first Piedmont District match,” said Riddle.


1. Jacob Wenzel (HC) def Austin Shook 8-1;

2. Ben Irby (HC) def Larkin Jackson 8-0;

3. Gordon Taylor (HC) def Cole Pillow 8-0;

4. Minjune Kim (HC) def Caleb Calhoun 8-5;

5. Owen McAbee (HC) def Walker Newcomb 8-0;

6. Drew Salley (HC) def Matthew Aydlett 8-2.


1. Wenzel/Taylor (HC) def Shook/Jackson 8-1;

2. Irby/McAbee (HC) def Jackson/ W. Newcomb 8-0;

3. Kim/Salley (HC) def Calhoun/Logan Newcomb 8-5.


Luke Redd (HC) def Trent Pettus 8-3;

Andrew Cole (HC) def Liam Hamilton 8-4;

Redd/Cole (HC) def Travis Adams/Timothy Beard 6-4.

On Thursday, the boys blanked Randolph-Henry, 9-0, in home action on Thursday. Halifax travels to R-H today.

“We honestly did not know what we were going to get out of the guys today. We struggled a bit in the scrimmage, then had a few positions change hands in our challenges on Wednesday. Plus we lost practice time with the weather earlier in the week. Sometimes those things can cause you to struggle when you get into a match situation,” said Riddle.

“We did struggle a little bit at the beginning of singles. We were losing two matches and two were only separated by a game. But the guys came up big after we made a few adjustments to the way were were playing. They demonstrated alot of character by doing this last year at times and were able to do it again today,” said Riddle.

“We looked like a completely different team in doubles. Last week we were playing with new partners from last season and it showed. We stressed at the end of the week coming together and working more as a team, and we saw a good deal of progress there today,” said Riddle.

“Another positive was that our new guys on varsity were able to get exhibition matches in for singles and doubles and were also about to get their first wins. That court time is what they need at this point and will be valuable for the future,” said Riddle.

This was the opening match of the spring season.


1. Jacob Wenzel (HC) def Aaron Weese 8-2;

2. Ben Irby (HC) def Conner Stimpert 8-2;

3. Gordon Taylor (HC) def Mark Stanley 8-4;

4. Minjune Kim (HC) def Will Flanaigan 8-6;

5. Owen McAbee (HC) def Matt Harrison 9-0;

6. Drew Salley (HC) def TyVonn Spencer 8-0.


1. Wenzel/Taylor (HC) def Weese/Stimpert 8-5;

2. Irby/McAbee (HC) def Stanley/Flanagan 8-1;

3. Kim/Salley (HC) def Harrison/Spencer 8-1.


Luke Redd (HC) def Jordan McDougald 8-0;

Andrew Cole (HC) def Justin Watson 8-2;

Redd/Cole (HC) def McDougald/Watson 6-0.

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