- Last Updated on 07:53 AM 04/30/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School girls tennis team saw its hopes to land a berth in the Northwest Region Tournament go by the board here Friday in a close 5-4 loss to GW.
Halifax County School needed to win Friday’s match to force a playoff with the Eagles to determine third place in the district standings and the district’s final berth in the Northwest Region Tournament.
With the loss, the Comets will be relegated to fourth place in the district standings.
Friday’s match was a close one throughout, with the Comets pressing GW in several matches before falling short of a win.
Comets senior Monica Puckett, playing her final home match, showed well, but dropped a 6-2,6-2 decision to GW’s Sabrina Bradford, the district’s top singles player.
In addition, the Comets’ Shania DeJarnette, Lexi Reaves, and Dria Brandon dropped close matches. In what turned out to be a pivotal match, Reaves pressed her opponent to the limit before losing 6-4 in the second set. She had held a three-game lead at one point in the match before missing a few key points.
The Comets’ Baylee Snead scored a lopsided win over GW’s Kayla Lewis at the number four spot. Snead won in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 6-0 in a match in which she was never seriously challenged.
After having won only two of the six singles matches, the Comets needed to sweep all three doubles contests in order to pull out a win. The Comets put up a tough battle, but could manage only two wins.
Puckett and DeJarnette played their best match of the season against the Eagles’ top team, but lost in straight sets by scores of 6-2, 6-3.
Comets Head Coach Greg Donner was complimentary of the effort staged by Puckett and DeJarnette.
“I thought Shania and Monica played a strong match,” Donner said.
“It was probably our best match of the year at number one, but the GW team played very well when they needed to.”
Donner was pleased with his team’s overall effort in the team’s final home match of the season. “This was our best team outing of the season as far as playing was concerned,” Donner pointed out.
“Our younger players were showing a lot of growth and improved shots. Lexi Reaves was facing a player who usually plays further up their ladder and almost pulled off a win. Dria and Baylee are making very strong showings at number three and four positions. If we continue to work, the future is bright for a young team.”
The Halifax County High School girls tennis team will close out its season today with a district match against Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.
The Western Valley District Tournament begins Thursday at Franklin County High School, the district’s regular-season champion.
GW 5 Halifax County 4
1. Sabrina Bradford (GW) def. Monica Puckett (HC) 6-2, 6-2
2. Lindsey Harris (GW) def. Shania DeJarnette (HC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Angelica Orlinowski (GW) def. Dria Brandon (HC) 6-2, 6-3
4. Baylee Snead (HC) defeated Kayla Lewis (GW) 6-1, 6-1
5. Stephanie Lewis (GW) def. Lexi Reaves (HC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Alyssa Keats (HC) won by default
1. Bradford/Harris (GW) def. Puckett/DeJarnett (HC) 6-2, 6-3
2. Brandon/Snead (HC) defeated Orlinowski/Butler (GW) 6-2, 6-0
3. Shanique Osbourne and Keats (HC) won by default