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Lady Raiders return to win column at Hoke County

Hana Oki (left) and Neely Turner (right) compete in their No. 1 doubles match. (Contributed by Ashley Turner)

RAEFORD — Two days after suffering a pair of shutout losses, the Lady Raider tennis team flipped the script and nearly kept Hoke County High School off the scoreboard.

Continuing Sandhills Athletic Conference play, the Lady Raiders won 9-0, seeing all six singles players and two of the three doubles pairings bring home another win.

“This was a really good bounce back win for the team today,” head coach Jessica Covington said. “After losing two matches to Pinecrest, we needed this to boost our confidence and help our conference record.

“All of the girls competed hard and showed improvement from Tuesday,” she added. “I’m proud of them for working to get better and for getting another win.”

Senior Ashlyn Bouldin and sophomore Hanna Smith both held their respective opponent off the score sheet.

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In the No. 4 singles match, Smith defeated Bailey Mass 8-0, while Bouldin eased past Azari McLean by the same score in the No. 6 contest.

No. 2 junior Neely Turner and No. 3 senior Addison Massey also cruised in their matches. Massey rolled Alyssa Pridgen 8-1 and Turner collected an 8-2 victory over Caitlyn Moore.

Also earning a win was No. 5 senior Maren Carter, who registered an 8-4 score over Kalea Parker. Rounding out the singles wins was No. 1 senior Hana Oki, who outlasted Alyssa Cascavilla 11-9 in a tiebreaker.

The Lady Raiders won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. Oki and Turner won the top-seeded game 8-3, while Massey and Smith earned an 8-2 victory.

The Lady Raiders (4-5, 4-5 SAC) will travel to Union Pines next Tuesday before hosting Lee County on Thursday. All singles matches will start at 4 p.m.

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Kyle Pillar is a nine-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.