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Comets top PH-Roanoke Tuesday / May 23, 2019
Halifax County High School boys’ tennis took an important step forward Tuesday. The Comets, now 17-0, defeated Patrick Henry-Roanoke in regional action. Halifax went on to play Brooke Point yesterday.

Halifax was one win away from a state tournament appearance. Halifax was battling for a spot in the regional finals, and both teams advance to the state tournament.

“This was probably the biggest win that we have had as a program in my 19 years of coaching. We have had countless matches and moments that I have been proud of, but this has to sit at the top. First of all it gives us a 17 win season which for the second time in a week breaks our record for wins in a season. This is also our first advance into the regional semifinals as a team. We have had some close calls over the years, including last year. But the guys played big and came through this year,” said coach David Riddle.

“PH-Roanoke is historically one of the top programs that we have faced over the years. Anyone that has following Comets tennis on the boys side can tell you that. We have had our struggles with them over the years. Coach Jim Hill is one of the top coaches around and always brings a tough, well disciplined group. We knew we were going to have our work cut our for us. This was the toughest match we have played all year so to dig deep and pull out the win was huge,” said Riddle.

“Owen had a huge win to start us out on top. Ben lost the next match to the toughest 1 seed that we have seen all year in Hudson. Drew was able to pull out the win to put us up again, then Minjune lost a highly contested match that went to deuce on a ton of the games. Luke pulled out a solid win at the four spot, then Grayson won a down the wire 11-9 match to put us ahead 4-2 going into the doubles,” said Riddle.

“Ben and Owen dropped a tough hard fought match at 1 to cut our advatage to 4-3. Then Drew and Luke sealed the win with an impressive 10-3 win at 2. Minjune and Trevor were also making an impressive comeback at the 3 spot before we stopped play after the fifth win,” said Riddle.

“Coach Palmore and I are extremely pleased with what this group continues to do each time out. They are playing with a huge amount of confidence right now. They know that one more win will be a spot in states. Hopefully we can keep the composure that we have seen all season as we go into our match with Brooke Point,” said Riddle.


1. Michael Hudson def Ben Irby (HC) 10-2

2. Drew Salley (HC) def Anthony Laconte 10-5

3. Henry Holbrook def Minjune Kim (HC) 10-5

4. Luke Redd (HC) def James Duckwell 10-6

5. Owen McAbee (HC) def Ryan Straub 10-3

6. Grayson Ballance (HC) def Thomas Fitchett 11-9


1. Hudson/Holbrook def Irby/McAbee (HC) 10-4

2. Salley/Redd (HC) def Laconte/Straub 10-3

3. Duckwell/Finchett vs Kim/Trevor Riddle (HC) 6-5 DNF

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