Lady Raider tennis no match for Sanderson

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

RALEIGH — The Richmond girls tennis team ran into a stingy Sanderson squad Tuesday afternoon.

After grabbing a close victory last week, the Lady Raiders were shutout in the second round of the NCHSAA State Playoffs. They failed to score a single point in a 6-0 loss to Sanderson.

Only the six singles matches were played due to the Lady Spartans’ dominant efforts.

“That’s the best team I’ve seen (all season),” head coach Michael Way said.

The top three spots belonged to junior Jayana Nicholson, senior Kathleen Pittman and junior Greyson Way, as they battled Sibel Tanik, Juliana Craft and Anna Scott Holshouser, respectively.

Senior Meredith Stogner played her last singles match against Becca Bollinger in the No. 4 spot, junior Emily Parsons sparred against Meg Spickard in the No. 5 spot and junior Taylor Parrish went back and forth with Melanie Schenberger in the No. 6 singles.

The score for all six matches were 6-0, 6-0 in favor of Sanderson.

“It was a successful season overall. To reach the second round of the playoffs as a team and to have two doubles teams reach the second round of the regional is a step in the right direction,” Way said. “We want to get to a point where this type of season is what we expect and not what we just hope for.”

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

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