by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — After losing their last two matches, the Wakefield girl’s tennis team rallied back and defeated Heritage in Tuesday’s Cap 8 match.
The visiting Wolverines won all six singles before losing in the three doubles matches.
Susanne Boyden and Alexander McNamara shut out their opponents at number one and two singles. Others winning their single matches were Lauren Hardwick, Savannah Ivey, Lauren Sheppard and Lilah Ivey.
In Heritage’s season opener, they defeated visiting Wake Forest by a score of 8-1.
Carrie Weatherman, Jasmine Williams, Kaitlyn Tun, Charlotte Hopson and Sara Talley were winners for the Huskies in singles.
Leslie Blalock of Wake Forest was a 6-4, 6-3 against Marissa Readmond in number one singles play.
The Huskies also were victorious in all three doubles matches.
“It was a great opening match for our ladies,” said Heritage coach John Fisher. “Everyone who was in played to a very high level and I think we gained a great amount of needed confidence.”
“It’s a long season, but I was thrilled for his win and not just the win but the fight and strength of the way we won,” Fisher added. “I’m so proud of my girls and hopefully we can use this to build optimism throughout the season.”
Wake Forest coach Cynthia Keller said playing Heritage is always a good match for her team.
“We are well matched in playing abilities,” she said. “They definitely outplayed us with an edge in consistency and that’s what we will be working on in our serves and strokes.”
Keller complemented the play of Blalock.
“She is an overall athlete who knows how to get in the game and continue with perseverance,” she said. ‘She is a real asset to the team coming in as number one as a sophomore.”
Heritage will play at Broughton today (Thursday) while Wakefield travels to Leesville-Road.