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Louisa netters face district foes

Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

McKenzie Proffit returns a serve during Louisa’s home tennis match against the Monticello Mustangs on April 11.

The Lions tennis teams played a pair of tough district matches last week, taking on the Powhatan Indians and the Monticello Mustangs.

The Lions played the Indians on April 9 with the girls’ team hosting and the boys’ team traveling to Powhatan. In the girls’ match, Nicole Harlow and Kadirra Thurston each scored wins in their singles sets, defeating their opponents 8-3 and 8-1, respectively.

They then teamed up for the number three doubles set and garnered another win, this one by an 8-5 margin. Ginny Helmandollar and Anna Groff also scored a doubles win in the number two spot, but the Indians defeated the team of Sarah Candeto and McKenzie Proffit to take the match, 5-4.

In the boys’ match, the Lions fell to the Indians 8-1. Alan Swasey and Nathan Gramling had the Lions’ only win, defeating Ben Wojcicki and Michael Washburn 8-4 in the number three doubles set.

Coach Gregory Palmer said he saw positives in the teams’ performance, despite the loss.

“Powhatan is a very good team,” he said. “Louisa played very well.”

(Article by Joseph Haney)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s April 18, 2019 issue.

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