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Kendall Foushee, playing the no. 2 spot for the HCHS girl’s tennis team, makes a return in Monday’s match against Magna Vista. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 12, 2018
Halifax County High School girls tennis defeated Magna Vista, 8-1, at home on Monday.

Halifax is seeking to regain some consistent form after the spring break.

“We are still playing tennis with blankets and coats on. It was cold on Monday as we played Magna Vista at home. Like Halifax, Magna Vista is a team with five seniors. We were just coming off a spring break, where attendance at practices was spotty. We saw some competitive play with this match,and were fortunate that we came out on top in all but one position,” said Comet coach Donna Hudson.

Kassidy Irby played no. 1 singles, Kendall Foushee played 2, Dejah Britton played 3, and Ashley Collins played 4. Yasmine Ferrell, the five seed, is still nursing an injury so Halifax subbed for her with Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro. Ashley Day returned to her Number 6 spot.

“At 1 Kassidy played well, using good placement and lobs to defeat her opponent 8-3. Her first serves were stronger than we have seen, so we are looking for that to continue. Kendall dominated at 2, winning 8-1 with more strong serves and strategic shots. Kendall has played at 2 for us in every match so far and is undefeated there. She continues to fine tune her game and that is leading to great results. We had more even battles at both the 3 and the 4 seed games. At 3, Dejah Britton played well, but had a little more trouble keeping the ball in than she usually does. Her play was sporadic, with some series of great shots mixed with bouts of unforced errors. She got behind early in the match and could not get back on top. Her final score was 5-8,” Hudson said.

“At 4, Ashley Collins score was just the opposite, bringing a win with her 8-5 game count. Ashley had to fight to stay in this game, but she identified her problems and was able to change her strategies and came out on top. At 5, Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro filled in for Yamine Ferrell. Rose played smart tennis to win this match 8-2. At 6, Ashley Day returned to the line-up and dominated to win 8-0,” said Hudson. “For doubles, we played Kassidy and Kendall at 1. They played well together and won 8-1. We teamed Dejah Britton with Yasmine Ferrell at 2 doubles. We are working Yasmine in a little at a time. Yasmine and Dejah won 8-4 in a match that was fun to watch. Both teams played aggressive net and had good use of alleys. We subbed at 3 doubles to let our 7 and 8 seeded players get a little experience. We played Ellie Hall and Blair Cole, and they were up to the task. Ellie had very aggressive net play, and Blair was a good partner for her. Both had strong serves and consistent hitting. They won 8-3,” said Hudson.

Singles

Kassidy Irby v Sananna Joyce 8-3

Kendall Foushee v Jordan Collier 8-1

Dejah Britton v Alexis Mize 5-8

Ashley Collins v Kyra Brown 8-5

Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro v Serena Francis 8-2

Ashley Day v Anastacia Reynolds 8-0

Doubles

Irby and Foushee v Joyce and Collier 8-1

Britton and Yasmine Ferrell v Mize and Brown 8-4

Ellie Hall and Blair Cole v Francis and Reynolds 8-3 *

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