ROCKINGHAM — The wins continue to roll in for the Richmond girls tennis team, picking up its fourth consecutive victory Tuesday afternoon.
Richmond swept the singles and won two of three doubles in order to grab an 8-1 victory over conference opponent Purnell Swett on its home courts. Coach Michael Way, who earned conference Coach of the Year honors last season, says his team is finding its rhythm as the season progresses.
After dropping its first three matches of the season, the Lady Raiders have been dominant — earning back-to-back 9-0 victories over Hoke County and Seventy-First before defeating Scotland 8-1 last Thursday.
“They’re getting a little more comfortable on the court,” he said. “Our schedule didn’t do us any favors, as the toughest part was the beginning of the season. But I think it actually made us better.”
Seniors Destiny Buie, Kathleen Pittman and Meredith Stogner won the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively on Tuesday. Juniors Jayana Nicholson, Greyson Way and Chloe Wiggins made easy work of their respective opponents in the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 singles.
Buie and Pittman took down Swett’s Abi Lowry and McKenzie Cummings by a score of 8-2 in the No. 1 doubles, while Nicholson and Way blanked Malina Cummings and Elysha Strickland 8-0 in the No. 2 doubles.
Wiggins and fellow junior Emily Parsons fell to Harlie Scott and Tierra Locklear 8-2 in the No. 3 doubles.
Richmond (4-3, 4-2 SAC) will make up its home match with Lumberton — which was rained out last week — on Wednesday and then play at Purnell Swett on Thursday. Both matches will begin a 4 p.m.
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Richmond’s Chloe Wiggins, junior, defeated Purnell Swett’s Tierra Locklear in the No. 6 singles, helping the Lady Raiders to an 8-1 victory over the Lady Rams on Tuesday.