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Comet girls claim tough 5-4 tennis win over gritty Bassett

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Blair Cole in action last week with the HCHS girls tennis team / May 17, 2021

The Halifax County High School girls tennis team kept its perfect season record of 8-0 intact last week after beating a tough Bassett team 5-4.

The Comets had recently defeated Bassett 7-2.

Coach Donna Hudson said with the exception of a couple of somewhat easy wins, the day was no walk in the park. “Our girls had to work, and it was a team effort that lead to this win.”

Hudson said that the Comets’ no. 3 seed Ellie Hall won her sets 6-1, and 6-2. Blair Cole at the five seed won her match 6-1, 6-0. But other Comets had a tougher time.

The Comet’s no. 1 seed Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro had her second loss in as many matches falling to her opponent 2-6, 3-6.

Amanda Duffer at no. 2 lost her singles match in a tiebreaker; no. 4 seed Maelyn Edwards would have a breakthrough match winning a 10-6 tiebreaker.

Alyssa Heddings at no. 6 also had a tiebreaker in which she won 10-6. Hudson said as for the tiebreakers needed to win this match one would have to go back to 2015 to see something similar.

“You have to go a long way back in our records to find a match with more than two tiebreakers involved,” Hudson said. “If you do, you will see that the record breaker was a 2015 match against GW, where there were tiebreakers in six of the nine matches, and we lost four of them to see a victory slip away. We came home with a 3-6 loss.”

Halifax led 4-2 going to the doubles.

“On the one doubles court, Rose and Amanda lost the first two games, then took one game, 1-2,” Hudson said. “On the two doubles court, Ellie and Maelyn took a small lead, then a setback, 2-1. On the three doubles court, Blair and Alyssa lost their first game, then traded games, 1-2.”

Hudson said the outstanding play of both teams was capped off with an amazing comeback tie at 8-8 for Ruotolo-Sarnataro and Duffer, a close 8-6 win for Hall and Edwards, and a 6-8 close loss for Cole and Heddings.

The Comets will try to remain perfect today as they host Randolph-Henry in their final match of the regular season.

“There is a lot of pressure when you are undefeated, especially now, at the end of the season when we are facing tougher opponents,” Hudson said.

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