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Comet girls tennis blanks short-handed Bassett

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Amanda Duffer in action against Bassett Tuesday. / May 06, 2021

The Halifax County High School varsity girls team took a 9-0 win over a short-handed visiting Patrick County squad.

Coach Donna Hudson said Patrick brought five players Tuesday and their no. 1 seed was out for this match. Hudson said while the singles went well, Patrick presented a challenge in the doubles matches which were held first.

“They only brought five girls — their no. 1 has been taken out for a medical condition,” Hudson said. “They started out strong though — our girls struggled to get any type of control in the one and two doubles. Against a team that had won zero games in doubles against us, we found ourselves at 2-3 on court 1, and 3-3 on court 2 before settling in and taking the lead.

Rosa Anna Ruotolo-Sarnataro and Amanda Duffer won 8-2; Ellie Hall and Maelyn Edwards won 8-3. All three doubles matches were forfeits.

”We recovered our rhythm in singles, and PC girls were never really much of a challenge at the one-on-one,” Hudson said. “Rosa Anna Ruotolo-Sarnataro and Amanda Duffer, at one and two, won 8-1. Ellie Hall and Maelyn Edwards, at two and three, won 8-0. Blair Cole, at five, won 8-1.”

The team improved 5-0 in the Piedmont District and was scheduled for road match with Magna Vista yesterday. The girls play Randolph-Henry Monday and have a home match with Bassett the following Wednesday.

“This team has so much potential,” Hudson noted. “We are looking forward to a few good practices between all these matches.

“We will be focusing on drills at practice to fine tune what we see them doing in the matches. We will continue to push the players to hit intentionally and take points.”

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