Friday, 20 September 2019 10:49

Lady Raiders show improvements but still lose to Jack Britt

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Sophomore Elizabeth Henry returns a forehand during Thursday's match against Jack Britt. Sophomore Elizabeth Henry returns a forehand during Thursday's match against Jack Britt. Michelle Parrish — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School girls’ tennis team experienced an unfortunate deja vu on Thursday, falling for the second time in as many days against a Sandhills Athletic Conference opponent.

At home completing the regular-season series finale with Jack Britt High School, the Lady Raiders were swept in all singles and doubles matches. It made it the second time Richmond has fallen 0-9 to the Lady Buccaneers and was the second time in as many days the Lady Raiders suffered a shutout loss.

In the two teams’ first meeting of the season, Jack Britt also won by the same score. Thursday’s match, however, saw several Lady Raider players improve upon their individual scores from the first go-around.

No. 1 junior Kearston Bruce faced off against Natasha Benson for the second time this year and improved her mark by a game win. She fell to the No. 1 Lady Buccaneer 2-8 in an eight-game pro set format.

Richmond’s No. 2 sophomore O’cean Bennett squared off against Taylor Benson, who moved up from the No. 3 slot since the last two times the teams played. Taylor Benson would get the best of Bennett, also winning the singles match by a score of 8-2.

The other two Lady Raider players to earn game wins in their respective singles matches were No. 3 junior Kaylee Parker and No. 5 sophomore Elizabeth Henry. Parker faced Leonie Brown for the first time after Brown was bumped back from No. 2 during the last match, and fell 1-8. Henry competed against Hannah Jang and lost 2-8.

No. 4 sophomore Paris Almon and No. 6 sophomore Ellie Buck were each blanked 0-8 by their respective singles opponents, Riley Nazario and Delaney Coppeler.

Doubles action wasn’t much better for Richmond, as the No. 3 pairing of Almon and Henry managed to earn a team-best three game wins against Jang and Mollie Nicholson. Bruce and Bennett lost 1-8 to the Bensons, and Parker and Buck came up shy against Brown and Nazario 0-8.

Jack Britt improved to 4-1 on the season and currently sits in second place behind Pinecrest High School. The Lady Raiders (1-6, 1-5 SAC) will look to earn their second win of the fall when they host Hoke County High School (3-4, 3-4 SAC) on Tuesday. The first meeting of the season between the two teams will begin at 4 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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