Lady Rams take four

Published 9:34 am Thursday, September 8, 2016

AHOSKIE – The Ridgecroft School girls’ tennis team ran their overall record to 4-3 this Tuesday after taking four of six matches over a two-and-a-half week period.

The Lady Rams registered shutout 9-0 victories over Faith Christian and the Oakwood School; lost a single close match to Greenfield School before claiming an 8-1 win.

Ridgecroft faltered with back to back losses, first against old rival, Lawrence Academy, dropping a close match, 5-4. The Rams then faced 2015 state semi-finalist Kerr-Vance and dropped that match before winning 5-4 in Jackson Tuesday over Northeast Academy.

“The Lawrence team played well and deserved to win,” said a gracious Ridgecroft coach Elton Winslow. “We made way too many unforced errors. We have got to improve our consistency and movement.”

Top-seed Taylor Jenkins teamed with Lauren Harrell went five-for-five in doubles wins for Ridgecroft, keeping their record perfect. Jenkins paired with Matty Grace Gilliam in the doubles win at Faith.

After cruising 3-0 in doubles, the Rams breezed through four of the six singles wins, as Harrell and Gilliam played matches that went to tie-breakers.

Ridgecroft climbed over the .500 mark with an 8-1 win over Greenfield on their home asphalt, the Rose Courts at Chowan University. Ryann Jennings grabbed the only win for the Lady Knights – in singles – to avoid a sweep.

Back-to-back wins sent the Rams into a showdown on the road in Windsor against rival, Lawrence, with a good head of steam, but it was the Lady Warriors who would eke out a victory, 5-4.

Jenkins/Harrell along with the duo of Holly Robertson and Alex Evans claimed two of the doubles wins for Ridgecroft, while Lawrence’s Emma Cobb and Savannah Stevens topped Claire Revelle and Annie DiLustro for the Warriors only pairs victory.

Up 2-1, Ridgecroft couldn’t hold it in the singles matches. Hailey Hope Gardner, Bea Mordecai, along with Cobb and Stevens, all claimed wins for LAW, with Jenkins and Harrell claiming the only wins for the visitors.

Dropping back to 2-2, the Rams rebounded with another sweep, this one in Greenville against Oakwood. All of the singles matches were easy straight set wins while the doubles were also sweeps.

Ridgecroft closed out August with an away match against perennial power, Kerr-Vance, and dropped a 7-2 decision.

They came off the Labor Day holiday with a match against another state finalist of a year ago when they headed to Jackson to face Northeast Academy on Tuesday.

Jenkins/Harrell kept their record unblemished in doubles before the Rams claimed four of the six singles matches and a 5-4 win.

Ridgecroft will play their storm-delayed home match with Kerr-Vance on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Murfreesboro.