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Neely Turner: The Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week

Junior No. 2 tennis player Neely Turner has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week, presented by HWY 55. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — Junior tennis player Neely Turner has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week, presented by HWY 55.

The first tennis player to be recognized this season, Turner is a three-year starter for the Lady Raiders.

Richmond began its season with one match last week, seeing Turner win her singles match. This is her first career recognition.

Athletic Profile

Year: Junior

Fall Sport: Tennis

Seed: No. 2

Years on Varsity: 3 years

“ON THE COURT” WITH NEELY TURNER

The Lady Raiders traveled to Southern Lee High School last Tuesday to kick off their season. As a team, Richmond fell 2-7, but Turner got her campaign underway with a win.

Serving as the No. 2 seed in singles play, her second straight year in that spot, Turner took on Kambell Beasley. Not wasting any time, Turner rolled to an 8-2 victory to enter the win column.

Senior No. 3 Addison Massey accounted for Richmond’s other singles win.

In doubles play, Turner was paired with new teammate Hana Oki, a foreign exchange student from Japan. The duo competed against Beasley and Kate Jackson, but came up short 6-8.

Moving forward, Turner expects her singles play to get stronger, as well as her chemistry with Oki in doubles play.

Richmond (0-1) will host Hoke County and Union Pines on Tuesday and Thursday, both starting at 4 p.m.

Junior Neely Turner competes during her singles match last Tuesday at Southern Lee . (Contributed photo: Ashley Turner)

RAPID RESPONSE VIDEO WITH NEELY TURNER

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Watch a video interview of Turner, who talks about serving as the No. 2 seed for Richmond, doubles play, her fun contribution to practices and the first day of school.

The Richmond Observer will publish its Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week soon.

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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.