Monday, 10 May 2021 21:51

Lady Raiders fall in both matches of doubleheader at Pinecrest

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Freshman Katie Way (right) returns a ball during her first No. 1 doubles match with senior teammate Kearston Bruce looking on. Freshman Katie Way (right) returns a ball during her first No. 1 doubles match with senior teammate Kearston Bruce looking on. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

SOUTHERN PINES — Facing arguably its toughest Sandhills Athletic Conference competition of the spring, the Lady Raider tennis team dropped a pair of matches against Pinecrest High School on Monday. 

Hitting the road for the first time this season, Richmond lost both ends of the doubleheader by matching scores of 0-9. 

The Lady Raiders did put up a fight in several singles and doubles matches, but the two losses evened their conference record to 2-2.

In No. 1 singles, senior Kearston Bruce fell to Brooke Lafrenz 1-8 in the opening match, before ending the afternoon with a 0-8 loss. 

Freshman Katie Way impressed in the No. 2 singles, rallying several points to keep her matches close with Cathrine Watford. In the first match, Way fell 3-8.

The two players were the only ones left on the court in the second round of singles play, as Way held on but came up short 4-8.

Bruce and Way teamed up as Richmond’s No. 1 doubles pairing, playing Pinecrest’s Annecy Pratt and Claire Gulley. The two Lady Raiders nearly earned a wn in the first match, getting edged 6-8, before falling 2-6 in the second bout.

No. 3 Lady Raider Kaylee Parker dropped her first singles match to Pratt 0-8, but put up a tougher fight in the next go-around, losing 4-8. In the No. 4 singles contests, freshman Neely Turner lost to Gulley 0-8 and then to Marjorie Estelle Kilpatrick by the same score.

Parker and Turner competed together in the first No. 2 doubles match, falling to Watford and Alysaa Furie 0-8. In the second No. 2 doubles contest, Parker and junior Kirsten McDonald, who made her season debut, dropped an 0-6 match to Furie and Kilpatrick.

Junior Paris Almon played in the first No. 5 singles match, losing to Sophia Pandich 2-8. McDonald played the second No. 5 match, coming up short 0-8 against Anna Henry.

McDonald and Pandich met in the opening No. 6 singles contest, resulting in an 8-0 win for the Lady Patriot freshman. Richmond’s Natalie Pattan also made her first appearance of the spring in the later match, losing 1-8 to Molly Walker.

Closing things out in the first No. 3 doubles pairing were Almon and sophomore Addison Massey, who fell to Henry and Kilpatrick 0-8. Almon and Pattan played the final match of the afternoon, which resulted in a 1-6 defeat to Henry and Walker.

Richmond (2-2 SAC) will return home on Wednesday for a doubleheader against rival Scotland High School. Action against the Lady Scots is set to get underway 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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