Lady Rams learn, improve

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ridgecroft School’s young tennis team has continued to learn and grow during the current year.

The Lady Rams stand 2-7 overall this season and just finished a pair of matches with local competition.

Ridgecroft topped Hertford County High School 6-3 Sept. 24 before dropping a 9-0 decision to Gates County High School last week. That comes after other contests in which the Rams came up short.

Against HCHS, the teams were tied at 3-all following singles play, but Ridgecroft swept the doubles competitions to claim the victory.

Ridgecroft No. 1 seed Amber Bracy defeated Claudia Rowe 6-2, 6-1 in the game’s top singles matchup. Chloe Dunn kept the Rams ahead with her 6-3, 6-0 victory over Katie Pierce at No. 2.

Carrie Blowe got the first win for HCHS when she topped Holley Robertson 7-6, 6-1 in the battle of No. 3 seeds. Lauren Harrell then claimed the final singles victory for the Lady Rams at No. 4 when she defeated Rosa Sanchez 6-0 and 6-1.

The Lady Bears rallied to win the final two singles matchups and even the contest.

Steffi Moulton scored a victory over Rebecca Sykes at No. 5 with dual victories of 6-1 while Talisha Speight defeated Taylor Jenkins 6-1 and 6-0.

In doubles competition, however, the Rams pulled away for the victory.

Bracy and Dunn claimed the No. 1 matchup with an 8-4 win over Rowe and Pierce while Robertson and Harrell defeated Blowe and Sanchez 8-4 at No. 2. Sykes and Jenkins finished the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Moulton and Speight.

During the next outing, however, Gates County scored a 9-0 win over the Lady Rams.

The best matchups came at No. 3 and No. 6. Sarah Miller of Gates edged Robertson 9-7 while Rachel Miller barely got by Jenkins 9-8.

In other action, the Lady Rams suffered losses to Lawrence Academy (9-0), Oakwood School (5-4), Cape Fear Christian Academy (7-2) and Wayne Country Day School (9-0).