Tuesday, 13 April 2021 21:49

Raiders gain experience in pair of wins over Hoke County

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Senior Douglas McDonald returns the ball during his singles match win during the first match of Tuesday's doubleheader. Senior Douglas McDonald returns the ball during his singles match win during the first match of Tuesday's doubleheader. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — After a two-week break between matches, the Richmond Senior High School boys’ tennis team picked up a pair of wins on Tuesday.


Playing a Sandhills Athletic Conference doubleheader against Hoke County High School, the Raiders took the two wins by scores of 8-1 and 9-0.

Richmond earned forfeit wins in three singles and two doubles matches in each contest since Hoke County only had three players compete.

Head coach Jessica Covington noted Tuesday’s matches allowed several players on the team to get valuable playing experience that will help the Raiders later in the season.

“Today was really awesome for a lot of our younger players to get some experience and compete against some good competition,” Covington said. 

“Will Whitley came out and played really well in his first high school match, and helped us get a doubles win,” she added of the freshman. “Douglas McDonald and Ethan McDonald both won their singles matches and they played great.”

In the opening match, No. 1 sophomore Ethan McDonald defeated Daniel Pena 8-1, while No. 2 senior Douglas McDonald handed Christian Strotta a loss by the same score.

Picking up Hoke County’s lone singles win was Nathaniel Rainey, who edged Whitley 8-3.

Whitley and Ethan McDonald teamed up in the first doubles match, cruising to an 8-5 victory over Pena and Strotta.

Covington went with a different lineup in the second match, sending in senior Bradford Pittman and sophomores Ty Murray and Matthew Burns to compete in singles. 

It paid off, as the trio of Raiders earned clean sheets against their respective opponents, all winning by scores of 8-0.

Pittman defeated Pena in the No. 1 match, No. 2 Murray earned a win over Strotta and Burns wrapped the No. 3 contest by blanking Rainey.

Senior Noah Aiken joined the mix and combined with Pittman to add the final win, an 8-0 victory, in the only doubles match.

“We are going to use today’s wins to hopefully build some momentum as we get ready for another big match on Thursday,” Covington closed. “There were a lot of things that we worked on and the boys continue to get better.”

Richmond (4-2 SAC) will travel to Lumberton High School on Thursday for another doubleheader. Play will begin at 4 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

Nine-time N.C. Press Association award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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