ROCKINGHAM – The Richmond Senior High School Lady Raiders tennis team has had a bit of an up-and-down season so far, beginning the year by losing two straight only to go on a six-game winning streak.
However, after losing Tuesday to Sandhills Athletic Conference powerhouse Pinecrest High School, the Raiders’ 5-3 loss to Jack Britt on Thursday put them back on a two-game slide.
Richmond junior Greyson Way defeated Leonie Brown 7-6, 6-1 in the No. 4 singles match, and senior Meredith Stogner was victorious over Lindsey Adams 6-7, 6-4, 10-5 in the No. 5 match, respectively, to notch the only wins in one-on-one competition.
Richmond picked up their third point in the No. 2 doubles match when Way and junior Jayana Nicholson won 8-5 over their Lady Buccaneer counterparts.
Lady Raiders head coach Mike Way said after the defeat to Pinecrest that Thursday’s match against Jack Britt High School could very well determine who finishes as runner-up and third place in the SAC after the Patriots. Although that is still a possibility, Way doesn’t like his team not being able to control its own destiny.
“There’s a chance,” Way said about still placing second in conference. “That was pretty much our chance to do it ourselves. Now we’re going to need one of the other schools to get them one day. I don’t like it being out of our hands.”
Still, Way said the Lady Raiders played well and was happy to play Pinecrest before Jack Britt because it prepared them for the stiff competition.
“Just a couple of points here or there could make all the difference,” Way said. “There’s a small margin. I don’t have any complaints about how they played or their effort. Just sometimes you don’t come out on the end you want to.”
The Raiders (6-4, 6-3 SAC) will continue conference play at 4 p.m. Tuesday at home against Hoke County High School.