- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School girls tennis continued to show some improvement, but it wasn’t enough as the Comets fell to Martinsville High School 9-0 here Wednesday at Halifax County High School. “We continue to show growth, but the experience of the Martinsville High School team was too overwhelming,” noted Comets Head Coach Greg Donner.
Monica Puckett showed moments of strong play in the number one singles match, but dropped an 8-2 match to Martinsville’s Samantha Easley.
The match was much closer than the score would indicate as several games went to deuce repeatedly. However, Easley’s experience prevailed and she came up with the key points when she needed them.
Halifax County High School’s Shania DeJarnette, playing the number two singles match, lost 8-2 to Martinsville High School’s Kimberly Seamon.
“It was a difficult outing for Shania,” noted Coach Donner.
“Seamon placed a lot of shots just out of Shania’s reach, but she is showing improvement in her ability to get more balls.”
Halifax County High School dropped its remaining four singles matches, with the most closely contested of them being Alyssa Keats’ match in the number six singles contest. Keats’ match that ended in an 8-3 loss to Martinsville High School’s Tenzi Chacha, was also the longest match of the day.
The Comets lost all three doubles matches, but were able to show a great deal of improvement at all three spots. Jamie Crews and Shanique Osbourne showed better consistency than they did when they faced the same opponents from a week ago, scoring more games in their 8-3 loss in the shortened pro-set match than they did with two full sets the previous week.
Halifax County High School will travel to Lynchburg today and Saturday to compete in the annual Heritage Invitational Tournament at Heritage High School. The format is built on individual matches rather than direct team competition.
“I am very interested in seeing how well we play in a different format, and how the extra court time will help us going into the district portion of the season,” Donner said.
“This has become one of the high points of our season, and I think the girls benefit from the harder matches.”
Halifax County 0
1. Samantha Easley (M) def. Monica Puckett 8-2. 2-8
2. Kimberly Seamon (M) def. Shania DeJarnette 8-2
3. Jessica Swing (M) def. Dria Brandon 8-4.
4. Peyton Joyce (M) def. Baylee Snead 8-1
5. Virginia Crabtree (M) def. Lexi Reaves 8-0.
6. Tenzi Chacha (M) def. Alyssa Keats 8-3.
1. Seamons/Easley (M) def. Puckett/DeJarnette 8-3.
2. Swing/Joyce (M) def. Snead/Brandon 8-3
3. Chacha/Crabtree (M) def. Jamie Crews and Shanique Osbourne 8-3.