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Franklin County hands girls tennis 7-2 loss / May 14, 2018
Franklin County dealt the Halifax County High School girls’ varsity tennis team a 7-2 loss Friday at home.

Comet coach Donna Hudson explained the progression from Thursday to Friday, as fortunes turned against Halifax.

Halifax finished 13-2, 8-2 Piedmont District.

“Things just did not go to suit us against Franklin County in our last match of the season. We started out on Thursday, looking great and feeling optimistic, but were quickly interrupted by a thunderstorm. We were working on drying the courts, but FC made the decision to leave rather than start play late in the evening. The only day for rescheduling was Friday, which also happened to be Senior Field Day for us.

“That’s a tough day for a tennis match, and with other personal scheduling conflicts thrown into the mix, it proved to be too tough for us to take a win against this strong team. Nobody wanted to play on Friday - but really there was no other choice. We had players going to Field Day, we had a player leaving for vacation, and we had players who just didn’t want to be there. We adjusted our line-ups and our attitudes as best we could, and we were playing competitively.

“Kassidy Irby looked good on Court 1, hitting many winning shots and serving big, but she could not get an advantage over Jarvi, who is undefeated at the top seed. Kendall Foushee at 2 played a great match. She was had a vendetta to win today, having lost in a Tie Breaker to Ranson at FC, and she did it with strength that was impressive. Dejah Britton struggled at 3. She hit good groundstrokes and played aggressively, but could not win games,” said Hudson.

“Ashley Collins struggled at 5 also, and we took another loss there. We had very positive matches going on Court 4 and Court 6. Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro was defending her own undefeated status at 6, and she came thru with flying colors, dominating an opponent who had given her a tough run at FC. On Court 4, Yasmine Ferrell had played to a 4-1 lead, but began to suffer from the heat,started to lose games, and had to be pulled for a medical timeout at 5-5. Yasmine returned to play and gave 100 pct, but she definitely was not at her strongest and couldn’t hold for the win. We needed all three doubles to win, but we could not let Yasmine continue in doubles, and we were missing another regular doubles partner, Ashley Day. Yasmine is normally partnered at 2 with Dejah, and Day is normally partnered at 3 with Collins. Those combinations have been essential components of our strong doubles records. Yasmine and Dejah had only lost once this season, and Collins and Day had not lost at all.

“Without Yasmine, we subbed Collins up to #2 doubles, and we called on our #8 Ellie Hall and #9 Blair Cole to compete at 3 Doubles. All these girls gave great effort - Collins played a great aggressive net, and she and Dejah worked well together. They had a very close match with focused playing, but they couldn’t quite pull out the win. Ellie and Blair did a great job competing against the FC 4 and 6 seeds. They hit hard, returned with focus, and attacked at the net. They just did not have the experience that the FC girls brought to the court,” said Hudson.

“At 1 doubles, our undefeated team of Kassidy and Kendall were facing the FC pair that they had stolen a win from earlier in the year. At FC, Kassidy and Kendall beat these girls, who at the time were also undefeated, 8-6. This match-up is a very close one and makes for great tennis to watch. The skillsets are very equal, and when that’s the case whoever is luckiest on that day is the winner. Today, the luck fell the opposite way, with the match ending with reversed scores, Halifax 6 - FC 8. We were really proud of the 8-2 and 8-1 wins from Kendall and Rose today - those were well played matches that reflect how much these two young players have progressed this season. Yasmine’s match was very stressful, but she was a trooper up to the last point, and the whole team was behind her,” said Hudson.

“This week is district competition for the #1 singles and #1 doubles players. Kassidy Irby and Kendall Foushee will be involved in those, which will be played at Franklin County on Monday and Wednesday. The following week is regional team competition. We haven’t gotten the official rankings, but we hope to be one of the high seeds and to get to have Regionals on our home court, Monday May 21. We will finish out the season with regional individual competiton, at Roanoke and at the University of Virginia, during the last two weeks in May. Our final district record was 8-2; and our final overall record was 13-2,” said Hudson.

Kassidy Irby v Laura Jarvi Lost 1-8;Kendall Foushee v Connor Ranson Won 8-2; Dejah Britton v Bethany Graham Lost 1-8; Ashley Collins v Risa Philpott Lost 2-8; Yasmine Ferrell v McKinleigh Williams Lost 7-9; Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro v Jaedyn Jamison Won 8-1; Irby and Foushee v Jarvi and Ranson Lost 6-8; Dejah Britton and Ashley Collins v Graham and Philpott Lost 5-8; Ellie Hall and Blair Cole v Jamison and Williams Lost 3-8*.

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