SOUTH BOSTON — Top seed Halifax County defeated No. 2 seed Franklin County, 5-2, Monday to win the Piedmont District boys tennis championship in the finals of the league’s 2019 postseason tournament.
The Eagles (9-5) suffered their third loss of the season to the Comets.
Halifax swept the two-match, regular-season series by scores of 9-0 and 8-1.
FCHS entered Monday’s play with a six-match winning streak.
The setback is the Eagles’ first since an 8-1 loss to non-district foe Salem on April 4.
The contest ends the boys tennis team’s tenure in the Piedmont District.
Next spring, FCHS makes its debut in the Blue Ridge District.
Winning for the Eagles in singles were Matthew Thompson (6-4, 2-6, 6-4) at No. 3 singles and Stone Gibbs (7-5, 6-4) at No. 6 singles.
Halifax clinched the match when its No. 1 doubles team of Ben Irby and Drew Salley defeated Chris Taylor and Bram David, FCHS’s top pair, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
The Eagles were behind at No. 2 doubles (4-3 in the first set) and No. 3 doubles (3-0 in the first set) when the match was stopped.
Winning for the Comets in singles were Irby (6-4, 6-1) at No. 1, Salley (7-5, 6-4) at No. 2, Luke Redd (6-0, 6-4) at No. 4 and Owen McAbee (6-1, 6-0) at No. 5, all in straight sets.
The Eagles’ season is not over; however, as it continues with the upcoming Class 6 Region B team and individual tournament play.
Eagles top Bassett, advance to title match
FERRUM — No. 2 seed Franklin County claimed five victories in singles and swept doubles play for an 8-1 victory over No. 3 seed Bassett Friday in the semifinals of the Piedmont District boys tennis tournament at Ferrum College’s Burrows-Skeens Tennis Courts.
The win is the Eagles’ third this season over the Bengals and the 131st career triumph for head coach Mike Amos, an FCHS and Ferrum alumnus.
The Eagles (9-4), who won their sixth straight match, got straight-set wins in singles from Dakota Treadway (6-2, 6-4) at position No. 2, Bram David (6-2, 6-3) at position No. 4 and Stone Gibbs (6-0, 6-1) at position No. 6.
“Dakota continues to improve his serve. It is really helping his game, especially at key points in the match,’’ Amos said.
The Eagles won two matches by capturing third-set tiebreakers: Matthew Thompson (6-1, 4-6, 10-3), competing at position No. 3, and Kobe Levisy (5-7, 6-3, 10-4), competing at position No. 5, claimed those triumphs.
“Matthew won a tough match (over Bassett’s Seth Janey). Both players were covering the court well. Points were very much earned,’’ Amos said.
Thompson, Levisy and Gibbs each has won eight matches to date.
The Bengals’ lone win came at No. 1 singles when James Turner rallied from a first-set loss to edge Chris Taylor, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8.
The two rivals had split their regular-season matches with Turner winning at Bassett and Taylor winning at the Franklin County Recreation Park.
“James was able to pull out (the series) in a very good match,’’ Amos said. “There were plenty of strong points by both players.’’
Taylor rebounded from his loss by teaming with David for a three-set win over Turner and Adam Joyce at No. 1 doubles. The FCHS duo rallied for the win after dropping the first set, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8.
Treadway and Thompson, who are undefeated (8-0) to date, were victorious in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Their partnership was not formed until the third match of the season, Amos said, adding the twosome “picked up a key win at Salem this season.’’
The two will play together in the district finals and in the Class 6 Region B team tournament; the regional individual event is for the Nos. 1 seeds in singles and doubles, Amos said.
“I would like to give (Matthew and Dakota) the experience of playing some topn doubles teams,’’ Amos said.
The FCHS tandem of Chase Carter and Hayden Tyree won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
FCHS girls fall 5-4 to Bassett in semifinals
SONTAG — Bassett, the No. 3 seed, won for the second time this season on Franklin County’s home court Friday as the Bengals edged the No. 2 seed Eagles, 5-4, in the semifinals of the Piedmont District girls tennis tournament at the Franklin County Recreation Park.
With the win, Bassett advances to finals against No. 1 seed Halifax County.
All three matches this season between the Eagles and the Bengals were decided by 5-4 scores.
The loss ends a six-match winning streak by the Eagles (12-5).
FCHS won four matches in singles, but was swept in doubles play; the Eagles managed to win 13 games in the three, eight-game pro sets.
The FCHS teams of Bethany Graham and Jaedyn Jamison (8-5) at position No. 1, McKinleigh Williams and Jocelyn Routt (8-6) at position No. 2 and Peyton Jones and Rachel Pasley (8-2) at position No. 3 were defeated.
“We could not pull out a win in doubles,’’ FCHS head coach Stephanie Lovelace said. “It was just a neck-to-neck match and we just couldn’t get the game-winning points.’’
Singles wins by Graham (6-1, 6-3) and Williams (6-2, 6-0) at position Nos. 1 and 2 were in straight sets.
Jones (6-1, 2-6, 10-6), competing at position No. 5, and Katie Rutrough (7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 10-7), competing at position No. 6, were winners in third-set tiebreakers.
Megan Scott (6-2, 6-4) and Cara Helbert (6-3, 8-6) won in singles forn Bassett at position Nos. 3 and 4.
Class 6 Region B team and individual tournament play is next for the Eagles, whose roster includes no seniors.