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Comet boys shut out Bassett to improve to 4-0 in tennis

SoVaNow.com / May 03, 2021


The Halifax County High School boys tennis team improved to 4-0 by shutting out Bassett Thursday.

Halifax has been on a roll since the season began, besting all of their opponents with a score of 9-0. In Thursday’s match Bassett won only two sets, those in doubles play.

Comet No. 1 seed Luke Redd had another good performance defeating his opponent 8-0. This trend would continue through the No. 2 – No. 6 seeds as Drew Salley, Trevor Riddle, Preston Riddle, Francisco Coronado, and Grayson Balance all recorded 8-0 shutouts in their wins.

Though his team has been quite proficient at racking up victories this year, coach David Riddle said he wanted to give Bassett credit for bringing a team to the courts this year. Just as the Comets have seen their fair share of COVID-19 hurdles so have most other high school sports teams throughout Virginia.

“Bassett was one of the teams that was really hit hard by losing the COVID season last year,” Riddle stated. “They had a ton of experience coming back and we were marking that down as one of the big matches on the schedule.”

Riddle said the Comets have had some very competitive matches with Bassett over the years. Riddle said with losing the season, Bassett graduated all of the experienced players and are in the rebuilding process.

“But they had a great group that is certainly going to improve with more court time,” Riddle said.

As the Comets move forward with play this week Riddle said he and assistant Coach Palmore are looking for continued improvement from the guys. The Comets host Patrick County today and travel to PC on Wednesday.

“Coach Palmore and I are still continuing to be impressed with our work on the courts,” said Riddle. “We had a solid day of challenge matches as a team two days ago where they all pushed each other to the limit, and that work showed on the court today.

“As we always talk about after every match though, we still have work to do and will keep putting it in as we near the second half of the regular season.”

Singles

1, Luke Redd (HC) def Lane Bailey 8-0

2. Drew Salley (HC) def Colby Hairfield 8-0

3. Trevor Riddle (HC) def Parker Hardy 8-0

4. Preston Riddle (HC) def Troy Carter 8-0

5. Francisco Coronado (HC) def Camden Bryant 8-0

6. Grayson Ballance (HC) def Oscar Vivanco 8-0



Doubles

1. Redd/Salley (HC) def Bailey/Hairfield 8-0

2. P. Riddle/Coronado (HC) def Hardy/Carter 8-2

3. J.T. Francis/Andrew Kim (HC) def Bryant/Vivanco 8-0



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