- Last Updated on 07:58 AM 03/04/13
- BY Doug Ford
It was a solid net result for the Halifax County High School boys tennis team in its scrimmage at home Thursday against Person High School (N.C.), with the Comets coming away with wins in all but one match.
Vatsal Lal, Michael Good, Roger Smith, Jonathan Thomas and Forrest Nunn won at numbers two through six singles.
Halifax swept all three doubles matches, with Gannon Griffin and Lal, Andrew Hatcher and Brad Booth, and Thomas and Nunn winning at numbers one through three doubles.
Nunn added another win in an exhibition singles match to go unbeaten on the day.
Comets Coach David Riddle was pleased not only with the win, but with the fact it came after only four days of outside practice.
“Considering the fact that we have had only four days of outside practice due to weather, I was very pleased with the overall effort today,” said Riddle.
“Of course, you are always pleased with the shutouts as a coach, but in the close matches we were able to play strong and pull it out as well.
“Vatsal was down 6-3 at one point in singles and came back to take the match in a tiebreak, and both of the doubles matches that were played were heavily contested as well.”
Riddle’s team has a veteran feel to it, and the competition for the top-six singles slots is ongoing.
“It was good to get all of the returning players on the court today,” Riddle noted.
“That group has been with me for awhile now, and all of them will be counted on as the season progresses.
“They are all playing hard as we are working on the ladder, and as I told them no spot is safe on the team as long as they are playing each other hard in challenges.”
“That will make us better as a team,” Riddle added.
“Even though the newcomers were not able to get matches in today against Person, they were able to work on their ladder spots during doubles matches today as well.
“That group is working hard and gaining valuable time on the court.”
“It was good to see Person here today,” Riddle continued.
“They were on our schedule for years, but we hadn’t played them for awhile, and they had a couple of years where they did not field a team.
“Coach Pergerson is doing a good job with them and is dealing with a rebuilding year after losing a good chunk of his ladder to graduation last season.”
1. John Ornitto (P) def. Gannon Griffin (HC) 8-2
2. Vatsal Lal (HC) def. Brandon Chambers (P) 9-8 (10-6)
3. Michael Good (HC) d. Hunter Phelps (P) 8-0
4. Roger Smith (HC) d. Cody Carver (P) 8-0
5. Jonathan Thomas (HC) d. Andrew Cothran (P) 8-0
6. Forrest Nunn (HC) won by forfeit
1. Griffin/Lal (HC) d. Ornitto/Chambers (P) 8-6
2. Andrew Hatcher/Brad Booth (HC) d. Phelps/Carver (P) 8-4
3. Thomas/Nunn (HC) won by forfeit
Nunn (HC) d. Cothran (P) 8-0