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Comet boys rise to 5-0 with home win over Patrick / May 06, 2021

The Halifax County High School varsity boys tennis team picked up its fifth straight win Tuesday, shutting out Patrick County 9-0. The Comets are undefeated at 5-0.

The team was near perfect in the match only losing a total of eight sets. The biggest challenge on the day for the Comets was no. 1 Luke Redd taking on PC’s Kevin Nester.

Redd and Nester played to a set of 8-6 with Redd getting the win. The last time the two players faced off, Nester took the win.

Two singles matches and a doubles match were forfeited to Halifax. Halifax coach David Riddle said the team is on course to finish out the regular season successfully. He and Coach Palmore noted the focused way in which Redd handled his match.

“The guys played another solid match,” Riddle said. “They continue to keep playing smart tennis and cutting down on the unforced errors each time out.

“Palmore and I were pleased with the overall effort, but we were especially pleased with Luke’s match at 1. He lost to Nester, who is a very good player, last time we played PC. To come back today and win a close one that he was down for a good bit speaks volumes on how he is keeping his composure for the entire match.”

Drew Salley (No. 2), Francisco Coronado (No. 3), and Preston Riddle (No. 4) won their single matches 8-0. J.T. Francis and Andrew Kim won by forfeit.

Riddle said playing the same teams throughout the season can be a great measuring stick of how the guys are improving.

“Coach Terry (PC) always brings a well-coached group, so we were pleased with how well everyone played once again,” Riddle said.

“We always look at how we play a group the second time around and the guys did a really good job today.”

The Comets faced Magna Vista yesterday on the road.


1. Luke Redd (HC) def Kevin Nester 8-6

2. Drew Salley (HC) def Cameron Roark 8-0

3. Francisco Coronado (HC) def Krish Patel 8-0

4. Preston Riddle (HC) def Colt Easter 8-0

5. J.T. Francis (HC) won by forfeit

6. Andrew Kim (HC) won by forfeit


1. Redd/Salley (HC) def Nester/Roark 8-0

2. Francis/Kim (HC) def Patel/Easter 8-2

3. Coronado/Riddle (HC) won by forfeit

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