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Girls tennis shut down Prince Edward 9-0

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Kendall Foushee, playing the no. 1 for the HCHS girls’ tennis team, makes a return in the team’s home match Thursday against Prince Edward. / March 18, 2019
The Halifax County High School varsity girls tennis team had a solid 9-0 opening win over Prince Edward County on Thursday.

“We had a pretty relaxed match against Prince Edward on Thursday. They always bring a crowd of players with them. They are building a team. It’s encouraging to see that they have so many players involved,” said coach Donna Hudson.

“Our girls were stronger than the PE girls on every court, taking control from the start and fine-tuning their strokes through out the matches. With singles our line-up is 1 Kendall Foushee, 2 Rose Ruotolo-Sarnatara, 3 Ellie Hall, 4 Blair Cole, 5 Sarah Lacks, and 6 Maelynn Edwards.

“We won on all six courts, hitting much more accurately and consistently than our opponents. There were some challenges within games on each court, but we gave up very few wins. As a whole, this group of girls has good concentration. We used our lead to focus on ball placement away from the opponent.

“We made a slight adjustment to our doubles line-up. Instead of 1-4 and 2-3, we wanted to try it with a 1-3, 2-4 pairing. That puts 1 Kendall Foushee with 3 Ellie Hall at 1 doubles, and 2 Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro with 4 Blair Cole at 2 doubles. We didn’t change the 3 doubles - that’s 5 Sarah Lacks and 6 Maelyn Edwards. These doubles games were an opportunity for these pairings to focus on moving together as teammates. We won on all three courts - 8-0, 8-0, and 8-2.

“All of our girls got to be involved with exhibition doubles matches, and they also did a good job controlling the ball and winning games. We have a very strong, deep team, and I hope to be able to get some of the lower half of the ladder into competition matches in the near future,” said Hudson. “We will have a busy week next week. We have a second home game on Monday against Appomattox, then go away to Franklin County on Wednesday and to Martinsville on Friday,” said Hudson.

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