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Lady Comets drop tennis opener

SoVaNow.com / March 21, 2011
The Halifax County High School girls tennis team opened its season on Wednesday with a close 2-7 loss to visiting Martinsville.

The Comets, working with a very inexperienced team, were competitive against the top players, but the lack of seasoned players caught up to the Comets in the end.

Coach Greg Donner said, “Martinsville is a very experienced team that matches up well with the better teams in our district. The fact that we played well at the number one singles and doubles indicates that we should be able to challenge for some wins and hopefully continue our success in the past few years.”

At the number one position, Jessica Palmer faced Tabitha Grant and secured an 8-6 victory. Palmer was in the lead from the outset of the match and played consistently for the entire match.

At number two, Kimberly Farmer came up on the losing end with a 1-8 loss to Kimberly Seamon. It was Farmer’s first opportunity to play at the second spot and she played consistently even though she was not able to win. Donner said, “Kimberly played well for the first outing of the year. She kept the games close and the final score does not indicate the closeness of the match.”

Erin Jamielity dropped the number three match by a 3-8 score to Samantha Easley. It was the first time that Jamielity has played in a singles match as a member of the top six players.

Monica Puckett and Deonne Tucker dropped singles matches to Jessica Swing and Virginia Crabtree. Puckett’s match was a 4-8 affair and well played from the start. Puckett used her speed and good net play to keep the match close for most of the evening. Tucker was also a first time player for the Comets and dropped her match by a 1-8 score.

The best surprise of the evening for the Comets was a 8-6 victory for Shania DeJarnette. It was the sophomore’s first match play opportunity and she managed to hold on for the win against a more experienced player from Martinsville.

The lack of experience showed in doubles play as the Comets dropped all three matches. Palmer and Farmer lost at number one by a close 5-8 score as did Jamielity and Puckett at number two. Dajarnette and Tucker fell by a 3-8 score at number three.

“We are very inexperienced with half of our squad playing in their first real competition. We will need to work hard to be competitive at the district level but we are making progress. My main concern is that we are focused on the basics and trying to get better with each outing. I think we are showing a lot of improvement but will need time to be a contender,” Donner said.

Singles

#1 Jessica Palmer defeated Tabitha Grant8-6

#2 Kimberly Farmer lost to Kimberly Seamon 1-8

#3 Erin Jamielity lost to Samantha Easley 3-8

#4 Monica Puckett lost to Jessica Swing 4-8

#5 Deonne Tucker lost to Virginia Crabtree 1-8

#6 Shania DeJarnette defeated Hanna LaPrade 8-6

Doubles

#1 Palmer/Farmer lost to Grant/Easley 5-8

#2 Jamielity/Puckett lost to Swing/Seamon 5-8

#3 Dejarnette/Tucker lost to Crabtree/Chacha 3-8

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