ROCKINGHAM — The initial match of the season and first under new coach Allie Goodman didn’t end the way the Richmond Senior supporters wanted.
Hoke won two of three doubles matches to pull out a 5-4 victory over Richmond Thursday afternoon.
Despite the loss, Goodman was pleased with how her team performed and is looking forward to the rest of the year.
“I’m speechless,” Goodman said. “I didn’t think they would fight as hard as they did. It was hot out there, but they gave all they had. A lot of them were mad out there because they lost. I’m excited to see where this team can go.”
Richmond and Hoke split the singles matches, with each school winning three.
In the top singles match, Kenzie Ransom defeated Taylor Jacobs 7-6, 6-7, 10-7. At No. 3, Meredith McLean downed Anjellica Pate 6-4, 6-2. Olivia Haley cruised past Alexa Burnett at No. 5, 6-0, 6-2.
Hoke claimed wins in the second, fourth and sixth singles matches. Alexis Osorio edged McKenzie Grimes 3-6, 7-6, 10-7 at No. 2. Hannah Locklear got past Destiny Buie 6-1, 6-3. Monica Maynor stopped Majasti Robinson 6-2, 6-1.
Richmond’s lone victory in doubles came in the third match as Mollie Collins and Haley slipped past Asia Holliday and Burnett 9-8.
Jacobs and Osorio beat Grimes and Ransom 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles match. In the contest, Goodman said Grimes suffered a wrist injury. Locklear and Pate defeated Buie and McLean at No. 2, 8-4.
Goodman said she may tinker with the lineup before the team returns to action 4 p.m. Tuesday at Purnell Swett.
“I based today’s on what I saw in practice this week,” Goodman said. “They were the girls I thought were the most ready to compete. Next week I will focus on the others.”
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