MHS girls earn state tournament bid
The Mathews High School tennis team punched its ticket to states last Tuesday. The Lady Devils defeated Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, 5-1, in the Region 1A East semifinals team tournament.
The Lady Devils came out strong in singles play to defeat the Appomattox Dragons. Elizabeth Ransone rallied from a 1-6 first set loss against Virginia Slattum, coming back with a vengeance to win the second set, 6-3. Ransone put away Slattum in the third set, 6-2.
Subbing for Kate van Emmerik at number two, Emma Wood played a well-fought match but fell to Sarah Neal, 0-6, 2-6. At third-seed singles, Morgan Johnson played consistently to defeat Caroline Rhodes, 6-0, 6-4, battling hard in the second set. At number four, Ashley Hudgins defeated senior Erica Jaimes. After winning the first set, 6-3, and losing a tough second set, 0-6, Hudgins battled it out to win her match in the last set, 6-4.
Alexis Wells came out strong and took control to beat her opponent, Sarah Seward, in two sets 6-1, 6-2. Rachel Stewart also played a smart match defeating her opponent Maryann Ansari, 6-1, 6-0 using consistent, well-placed shots. This match sent the Lady Devils to the regional finals last Thursday at Howard Mast Tennis Center in Suffolk.
Ransone and Johnson played in the Region 1A East Doubles Tournament semifinals last Wednesday at the Howard Mast Tennis Complex, where individual doubles and singles tournaments were played. In a grueling three-and-a-half hour match, the girls fell to Appomattox Regional Governor School’s number one pair, Slattum and Neal. The girls lost in three sets, winning the first, 6-3, losing the second in a 6-6 tiebreaker (4-7) and the third, 4-6.