R-H tennis has strong showing in postseason

Published 1:28 pm Thursday, June 16, 2016

Randolph-Henry High School’s tennis program had regional representation in a variety of ways this season with two singles players and the girls team each advancing as far as the Region 2A West semifinals.

The No. 1 girls doubles team was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In the girls team competition at Virginia Tech on June 2, the Lady Statesmen fell 5-0 to Gate City High School in the semifinals after defeating Richlands High School 5-0 at home in the quarterfinals on May 30.

Despite the semifinal loss, Randolph-Henry coaches were pleased with the improvement the Lady Statesmen showed against Gate City, winning more than twice as many games against the regional foe as they did in 2015.

Randolph-Henry’s Meredith Feinman.

Randolph-Henry’s Meredith Feinman.

One highlight was that Randolph-Henry’s Meredith Feinman defeated Taylor Carter, the No. 1 seed from Gate City, in team play, 7-6, 6-1.

In the regional singles competitions May 31 at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center at Virginia Tech, both boys and girls tennis players from Randolph-Henry were active.

Randolph-Henry boys tennis No. 1 seed Brycen Boettcher defeated Sean Ghammashi from Eastside High School 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals where he lost to eventual singles champion John-Reed Barnes from Gate City.

Feinman, the No. 1 seed for Randolph-Henry’s girls team, defeated Jessica Lewis 6-0, 6-0 from Floyd County High School in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals, in which she lost to the eventual singles champion, Carter from Gate City.

In the regional girls doubles competition June 1 at Virginia Tech, the Lady Statesmen’s No. 1 seed team of Couper Webb and Feinman, who had won their conference title to advance to regional quarterfinals, lost to the eventual champions from Central High School out of Wise.

The girls and boys tennis players thank family, friends and Randolph-Henry officials for their support all season and in Blacksburg.