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Lady Comets pick up tennis win over Prince Edward / April 16, 2018
Halifax County High School varsity girls’ tennis defeated Prince Edward County 7-2 last Thursday night in Farmville.

The Comets had to make adjustments in the lineup.

“We are still treating 5 seed Yasmine Ferrell with a little caution, so today we subbed there, but we moved 6 Ashley Day up to play at 5, and let 7 Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro play at 6. Our regular top 4 seeds split, with Kendall Foushee winning easily at 2 and Dejah Britton winning easily at 3,” said Comet coach Donna Hudson.

“Kendall and Dejah are experienced tennis players, and the Prince Edward girls were first year players, so those matches went quickly to us. Matches at #1 and #4 were much more of a challenge. At #1 Kassidy Irby was playing a girl who have given her a good game earlier this season. Today this girl was just a little more consistent than Kassidy, and we lost there 4-8. Kassidy got down a few games early in the match. She refocused and played really strong tennis, but could not overcome the deficit . Overall, Kassidy’s play is consistently getting stronger and stronger,” said Hudson.

“At #4, (Ashley) Collins was also playing an opponent she had beaten earlier in the year. She played very well, but her opponent was the stronger player today. Collins had good serves and good placement, but she struggled with recovering from unforced errors. At #5 and #6, there was little competition for Ashley Day and Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro. Day is hitting strong ground shots and improving her form with every practice.

“Rose is also putting in good effort at practice. She brings a determination to the game that often helps her defeat stronger players.For doubles, we played Kassidy and Kendall at 1. We have been focusing their practice on combining their strengths, and today they really brought it to the court. ‘They stretched for near-impossible shots and made them, and they moved together better than they have been. Both girls are serving impressively. “They are really a fun pair to watch. Rust and Kinzer should have been a relatively good match against them, but Kassidy and Kendall dominated the game count, winning 8-1. At #2 and #3 doubles, we subbed to give two of our younger players some time in competition. At #2 we had Yasmine Ferrell paired with Blair Cole, and at #3 we tried Ellie Hall with Ashley Day. Yasmine and Blair served well, moved well together, and did the job for us, winning 8-1. Day and Ellie also worked well together, with both playing aggressive net and hitting solid returns. They also won 8-1,” said Hudson.

Halifax has a crowded, very demanding schedule this week.

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