Lady Raiders earn victory at Lumberton

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — The Richmond girls tennis team earned its eighth win of the season Thursday afternoon.

For the second time in less than three weeks, the Lady Raiders outshined Lumberton on the courts, winning four of the singles, sweeping the doubles and returning home with a 7-2 victory.

The last time Richmond met up with the Lady Pirates, senior Kathleen Pittman and junior Greyson Way played the No. 3 and the No. 4 singles, respectively. On Thursday, however, Pittman moved to the No. 2 spot and Way competed at the No. 3 spot — and they didn’t disappoint.

Both Pittman and Way handled their respective opponents in two sets, as Pittmand defeated Lumberton’s Morgan Miller (6-0, 6-3) and Way dominated Elizabeth Stanley (6-0, 6-0). Junior Chloe Wiggins only needed two sets as well, taking down Lady Pirate junior Ashley Prevatte (6-0, 6-1) in the No. 6 spot.

Emily Parsons, a junior, needed three sets to move past Anna Russ (6-3, 4-6, 10-4).

Senior Destiny Buie, who dropped the No. 1 single, teamed up with Pittman in the No. 1 double and grabbed an 8-4 win over Lumberton’s Stanley and Kaitlyn McDonald. Way and Wiggins won the No. 2 double by a score of 8-6 and senior Taylor Parrish partnered with Parsons in the No. 3 spot to earn a 8-2 win.

The Lady Raiders (8-4, 8-3 SAC) wrap up the regular season next week with a match at Seventy-First on Tuesday and a home match versus Scotland on Thursday. Both are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

“We need to keep working and figure out who is best suited to play singles and who should play doubles in conference tourney,” head coach Michael Way said earlier this week.

The Sandhills Athletic Conference tournament begins Monday, Oct. 10.

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

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