by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — Heritage High School’s girls tennis team won two doubles matches against visiting Millbrook Tuesday, but lost the Cap 8 conference match 7-2 to the top-ranked Wildcats.
E. McCray and Anna Jones of Heritage teamed together at the No. 2 doubles and defeated A. Reiher and Marian Isdalh 8-5.
At No. 3 doubles, Jannelle Maffucci and Jessica Sampson were 9-8 (7-4) winners against Katie Gemberling and B. Cerman.
“Overall we played well,” said Heritage coach John Fisher. “There are spots here and there, but Millbrook is an excellent team.”
The Wildcats are one of the top 10 4A teams in the state.
“Considering how talented they are this year, I thought we played good tennis,” Fisher added. “
We have people who are beginning to step up and play real tennis and we’re seeing definite improvement, even if the scores don’t show it.”
In the No. 6 singles, Heritage’s Sara Talley played her opponent close before losing 7-5, 6-1.
Marissa Readmond and Kaitlyn Tun won four games in the No. 1 doubles match and came up short 8-4.
As the Huskies settle into the second half of the season, there are plenty of things about their game that need improving, according to Fisher.
“I told the girls today that my focus was on them going for it and holding nothing back, and they did well,” Fisher said.
“We had two great wins in doubles and we are playing good doubles now,” he added. “We would like to keep this momentum up throughout the year and hopefully it will show up in the score sheet sometime soon.”
Either way, Fisher said improvement every day is the goal of his team.
“We are certainly doing that right now,” he said.
On Tuesday, Heritage will host Broughton, which is ranked No. 1 in the state 4A poll. The match is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.