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PHOTOS: Raider tennis senior night

Left to right: Matthew Burns, coach Jessica Covington, Ethan McDonald and Ty Murray. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — Wednesday saw three Richmond Raider tennis players congratulated for their contributions to the program.

Recognized on senior night were Matthew Burns, Ethan McDonald and Ty Murray. The trio of Raiders have played tennis since their freshman year.

Head coach Jessica Covington addressed family members, teammates and classmates while talking about the three seniors. 

Covington recalled favorite memories, funny anecdotes and talked about the success of each player on the court.

Starting their careers with former head coach Patrick Hope during the COVID-19 shortened season in 2020, Burns, McDonald and Murray have been starters and key contributors the past four years.


As juniors and seniors, the three have played in the top three spots in the lineup. Murray has been the top-seeded singles player, followed by Burns (No. 2) and McDonald (No. 3).

Also speaking about their senior teammates were juniors Brent Humann and Will Whitley, along with sophomore Matthew Leggett.

Wednesday’s match was forfeited by Lee County High School, but the Raiders (7-2, 7-2 Sandhills Athletic Conference) had some fun with a round robin tournament against each other.

The Raiders will close out the regular season on Thursday at Scotland, beginning at 4 p.m., and gear up for the SAC tournament next week.

Below are photos of Wednesday’s senior night, taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.