Tennis squads continue to improve

Livingstone Sitzman prepares to return a serve during his singles match against Western Albemarle’s Luke Kielbasa on April 30.

 

The Louisa County High School tennis teams brought home wins against Orange County on April 28 before facing a tough Western Albemarle team on April 30.

Louisa’s girls’ team defeated Orange 8-1. Sara Schulte and Abbie Hopkins scored 8-0 shutouts in the number one and two singles matches, then teamed up to do the same thing in the number one doubles match. Katelynn Jones and Lucille Campbell both defeated their singles opponents 8-2 and Ashlyn Harding eked out a 5-4 win in the number three singles match. Harding and Jones won their doubles match 8-4 and Campbell teamed up with Krystal Timberlake for the number three doubles, winning 8-1.

In the boys’ match, Louisa’s Caleb Saul and Lee Sisk took on Orange’s two players in singles matches, both winning 8-0. The rest of the team played in exhibition matches.

“Both the boys and the girls played very consistent matches,” said Coach Gregory Palmer. “The girls have made a lot of progress for beginners. Sarah and Abby both play fantastic. The boys all did a fantastic job.”

The teams faced stiff competition in their next matches, when they played Western Albemarle. Louisa’s boys hosted the Warriors while the girls played on the road. Western dominated both matches, defeating the boys 6-0 and the girls 9-0. 

“It was a very tough match,” Palmer said. “Our boys have shown a lot of improvement. They were playing very well and I’m proud of them. We had great Lion spirit and great Lion sportsmanship, so all in all it was a good day.

“It’s pretty much the same story with the girl,” he continued. “A very tough match, but they had good sportsmanship and kept their heads up. They’ve shown a lot of growth and they’re getting a lot better so you know they’re enjoying the sport.”

The Lions took on the Warriors again on May 5. Results of those matches were unavailable at press time. Both teams are back in action on May 7 against the Fluvanna Flucos. The boys play at home and the girls travel to Fluvanna. Both matches begin at 5 p.m.

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