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Halifax girls blank Appomattox in tennis

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Top, Blair Cole and above, Ellie Hall both won their matches in the HCHS girls tennis match against Appomattox.
SoVaNow.com / March 21, 2019
The Halifax varsity girls’ tennis team blanked Appomattox, 9-0, in non-district action Monday at home.

“We played a young team from Appomattox on Monday and came out on top with a 9-0 victory. According to coach Shane Foushee, “Our girls played extremely well. The scores don’t reflect it but the Appomattox girls are much stronger than it looks on paper. Halifax came out focused and determined today, and that paid off.”

On the 1 court Kendall Foushee had some competition, playing an opponent who had defeated HC’s 1 last year. Foushee turned out to be the stronger player today, using strategic placement to win games. Her opponent started out strong, moving Foushee constantly up and down and across the court. Foushee had to adjust to take the offensive and focus on sending angled shots back. Her serve was strong, with multiple aces. After trading games to 2-2, she won her set 8-3.

At 2, Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro played her typical consistent game. Her control and accuracy could not be matched by her opponent. Her serves were spot on, and she is beginning to place shots more intentionally. She won 8-0.

Ellie Hall is playing our 3 spot. “Ellie played great tennis and kept the pressure up until the match was over. She hit the ball with great pace and hit with angles that her opponent could not return. Ellie really showed a full match of what we know her potential to be. Ellie also won 8-0,” said coach Donna Hudson.

“Blair Cole is in our Number 4 spot on the ladder. Blair had a solid first serve which kept her oponent on her toes. Blair moved well on the court to stay in good hitting positions and took advantage of her opponent’s court position. Blair won her match 8-1,” said Hudson.

“Our 5 player is Sarah Lacks, and the game was on her birthday. . She took advantage of her opponents weaknesses and controlled the match with aggressive shots. Very few points went beyond 4 to 5 strokes. Sarah won her match 8-1.

“Playing in the 6 spot, Maelyn Edwards Maelyn adjusted well to an opoonent who hit the ball with much less pace than Maelyn is used to. The opponent returned some tough shots, but Maelyns ball placement eventually wore her out and Maelyn took her match 8-1,” said Hudson.

“We won all 3 doubles matches as well. At the 1 doubles, Kendall and Ellie played very well together and were a much stronger duo than their opponents. Both had very good placement, strong serves and aggressive net play., and won their match 8-0,” said Hudson.

“At 2 doubles, Rose and Blair are gelling together well as a team. They both served extremely well and communicated efficiently as a team. Rose is becoming more comfortable at the net and as a result a lot more confident and aggressive. Blair is an intimidating presence at the net, and will be working on developing the confidence to play there aggressively as well. They took their match 8-2,”said Hudson.

“At 3, Sarah and Maelyn took care of business against weaker opponents. They played well together as usual. Both were aggressive at the net and ended points quickly with any balls over the middle. They won 8-1,” said Hudson.

“We have an away match to Franklin County on Wednesday, and are looking forward to playing this strong, competitive team. We will be looking to give them a little pay back for a late season defeat they handed us last year. Then we play away again on Friday, going to Martinsville,” said Hudson.





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