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Lady Raiders coast past Lee County in senior night victory

Senior Addison Massey drops a shot in for a point during her singles win on Wednesday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School tennis team sent its seven seniors off in style on Wednesday.

Hosting Lee County High School, the Lady Raiders completed the season sweep of the Lady Yellow Jackets on senior night.

Securing the victory at the end of singles play, Richmond rolled to an 8-1 victory. It was the second time this season the Lady Raiders defeated Lee County by that score.

“It was such an awesome day for our whole team, especially our seven seniors,” head coach Jessica Covington said. “All of our seniors have been a big part of our success this season and it was really nice to be able to earn a win to celebrate them.

“A lot of the girls have been on the team for several years and I’m so proud of them,” she added. “This was a great team win today and everyone who played contributed.”

Prior to the match, Covington recognized this year’s seniors — Rylie Bohman, Ashlyn Bouldin, Maren Carter, Sheccid Heaton, Savannah Jordan, Addison Massey and Hana Oki.

Richmond used a strong performance in singles play to sweep the competition and jump ahead 6-0 heading into doubles. Taking the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches, the Lady Raiders’ lone loss was in the No. 2 contest.

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Oki, Massey, Carter and Bouldin earned senior night singles wins, while junior Neely Turner and sophomore Hanna Smith added to the sweep.

In the No. 1 singles match, Oki took down Peyton Koneski in shutout fashion 8-0. All three of the other seniors earned a shutout victory as well.

No. 3 Massey rolled past Grace Britton, No. 5 Carter handed Macie Witt a big loss and No. 6 Bouldin cruised by Rachel Montgomery.

On the upper court, No. 2 Turner extended Richmond’s lead with an 8-2 victory over Sylvia Gama Rios. Smith, competing in the No. 4 singles match, defeated Brooklin Underwood 8-3.

In doubles play, the No. 1 duo of Oki and Massey earned an 8-1 win over Koneski and Gama Rios. The final win of the day came from No. 3 Bohman and Heaton, who edged Witt and Montgomery 8-5.

Lee County’s only win was in the No. 2 doubles match that saw Britton and Underwood collect an 8-5 win.

Richmond (5-6, 5-6 SAC) will close its regular season campaign on Thursday at rival Scotland High School. Singles matches will begin at 4 p.m.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.