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Girls tennis collects wins over Prince Edward, Patrick County
SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2017Halifax County High School girls tennis picked up another win over Prince Edward at home Friday, 5-1, with the doubles rained out.
PE did not have the depth to compete with the Comets.
Alyssa Conde at #1 had an exciting win, coming from a loss in the first set with a discouraging score of 2-6.
“Alyssa had really battled against PE’s Cordelia Morgan, a strong hitter who moved the ball well and returned everything Alyssa sent to her,” said Comet tennis coach Donna Hudson. “Alyssa used the experience of the first set to make her own game stronger, focusing on small changes to her strategies that had big effects on the outcome of the second set.
“She set her mind on winning, and did so with a great effort. She took the second set 7-5. With split sets, these two went into a 10 point tie-breaker. Alyssa had gained the momentum and kept her cool to won that easily 10-3 to get the win for Halifax.
“Savannah Reaves battled PE’s Grace Rust at #2 singles, and played great tennis for about two hours. Rust was a good match for Savannah, and the two traded games consistently through the first set. Savannah moved the ball well and had solid serves. Both girls constantly stretched for impossible balls and returned them when it seemed like the play should have been over. Rust took the edge on that set, winning 7-5, and then got the momentum advantage and won the second set with a deceiving score of 1-6,” said Hudson.
“Kassidy Irby played PE’s Kendasia Hensley, and handled her with what seemed like ease. Hensley is a very strong player, but so is Kassidy. Kassidy won easily 6-0, 6-2. Kassidy is a very strategic player whose focus matches her ability. She is a formidable opponent for anyone on her court.
“PE’s 4, 5, and 6 singles gave us little trouble. RaeAnn Winegar played our 4 spot, Amber Roane our 5 spot, and Kendall Foushee our 6. Our girls took wins in all three positions. We are fortunate to have such strength all the way through our ladder,” said Hudson.
“From the varsity twelve, we did not get Summer Martin, who had an impressive performance in doubles Thursday, or Ashley Day, who is a solid player who has had wins in doubles, into the line-up tonight. It really is great to have so many strong players available, but it’s hard not to be able to play them all. We hope to continue to be able to get these girls playing time as the season moves on,” said Hudson.
HCHS 7, Patrick Co. 2
The HCHS girls tennis team recorded a 7-2 win over Patrick County Thursday.
The teams had to deal with cold, windy weather.
The singles matches on courts 1, 2, and 3 went quickly with Alyssa Conde, Savannah Reaves, and Kassidy Irby taking 8-1, 8-0, and 8-1 victories. “We have a strong base with these three solid players. They play beautiful tennis,” said Comet coach Donna Hudson. “Alyssa struggled a little with her serve today but fortunately this didn’t really affect her score, and Savannah and Kassidy played aggressively against their opponents with solid returns and good placement.
“Amber Roane was in the #4 position tonight, and played aggressively to defeat her opponent 8-3. Their games went a bit longer but Amber’s positive attitude kept her from ever being in any real trouble,” said Hudson.
The only real challenge in singles came at the #5 spot, where Yasmine Ferrell lost a close match 6-8. “Yasmine got a little rattled with some friction about line calls, and she ended up giving up too many unearned points to claim a win. This opponent was a bit stronger than those Yasmine has played in the other scrimmages, but with a little experience we expect her to see wins in singles action,” said Hudson. “Yasmine is a strategic player, and will do well for us as she learns to make a few adjustments.”
Kendall Foushee played her first competition singles match at the #6 spot, and did a fine job against a consistent opponent.
“Kendall lead the whole way, but the girls traded games for most of the match. Kendall rallied mid-match with more consistent ground strokes and nice ball placement to take an 8-5 victory,” said Hudson.
“For doubles we pulled Dejah Britton to play #1 doubles with Kassidy Irby. Dejah has been hitting well in practice and brought those strong low shots to her game tonight. Both girls had strong serves and good placement to take the win 8-2,” said Hudson.
“Ashley Day and Ashley Collins paired up again at #2 doubles, and played hard through their match, trading games with their opponents consistently before losing 6-8. They had good placement, and good ground strokes, but lost momentum at the same time that their opponents had a good rally,” said Hudson.
The third doubles pair for Halifax was RaeAnn Winegar and Summer Martin.
“This one started out as close match, but then our girls started to fade. They were feeding balls to the net player and struggling with serves and it looked like the match was almost over. It took strategic placement and strong angled shots from Martin, matched with Winegar’s topspin-ladened lobs, to bring them back to even games. They continued their rally with improved serves and focused effort to get an 8 -6 victory,” said Hudson.
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