ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior girls tennis team had nine days to think about its first match of the season — an 8-1 loss to Lee County on Aug. 21.
The squad didn’t want to have that feeling again as Richmond rolled to an 8-1 victory over Hoke County Thursday afternoon in the Southeastern Conference for both teams.
“The girls were so excited,” Richmond coach Paula York said. “There was a big difference between the way the girls felt today than the first match.”
Richmond (1-1, 1-0) claimed the victory after winning five of the six singles matches. Katy Shelley rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Nichele Currie at No. 2 singles. Abbi Carpenter downed Savannah Simmons 6-2, 6-4, while Haleigh Denham stepped Kanisha Smith 6-2, 6-3.
The Raiders were pushed to a third set in each of the final two singles contests. Summer Jacobs rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 14-12 victory over Tiara Harris at No. 5. Peyton Hunt posted a 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 come-from-behind win against Tayler Jacobs.
The lone loss on the day for Richmond came in No. 1 singles where Hoke County’s Amanda Daniels slipped past Caroline Kirkland 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
In doubles, Kirkland and Shelley combined to defeat Daniels and Currie 9-7. The team of Carpenter and Dunham edged Simmons and Smith 8-6. In the final doubles match, Jacobs and Hunt downed Harris and Jacobs 8-6.
“We hustled and got to some balls we didn’t get to in the first match,” York said. “I think the girls got over the jitters we had in our first match. It’s a great way to start conference.”
Richmond will return to action at 4 p.m. Tuesday when it travels to Purnell Swett.
Volleyball extends streak to 4
BENNETTSVILLE — The Richmond Senior volleyball squad stretched its winning streak to four games with a 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 victory over Marlboro County (S.C.) Thursday night.
“I saw a lot of good things tonight,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “We were in it strong for the first two games and Jessica Steen is going great things for us in the back row. We just need to keep playing strong.”
The Raiders (6-3) will return to action 6 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to the Bulldogs.
JV Raiders blank Anson
WADESBORO — For the third straight Thursday, the Richmond Senior junior varsity football team shutout its opponent as the Raiders rolled to a 48-0 victory over Anson.
Richmond led 34-0 at halftime.
Kyishem Swain opened the scoring by reeling in a long pass from Montek Johnson. Miles Grant, Shavar Little, Brandon McLaughlin and Jesse Williams added touchdowns as well in the victory.
“Everybody got in on the action,” junior varsity coach Jason Norton said. “We played a lot better offensively tonight and the defense was lights out again.”
The Raiders will travel to Hope Mills to battle South View at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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