Colonials Try To Find Winning Ways
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Mar 28, 2014, 07:16
David Breidenbach/Hopewell News/News-Patriot
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Welcome to Conference 25.
If playing against Lafayette is any indication of what’s in store for the Colonials girls tennis team, it could be a very long season. After opening the year by knocking off Thomas Dale 8-1, the team couldn’t take one game against Lafayette succumbing to a 9-0 loss. The loss drops the Colonials to 1-1 on the season.
“We lost two starters, but I think we’re looking good overall,” third-year coach Alexandra Daghita said about her team prior to the match.
They lost two of their starters from last year, including the number one player. This season, there has been some competition in the ranks, Daghita said. In fact, two new players are seated one and two on the team, and last year’s two seed is sitting at number three. Hwejean Jeong and Anna-Claire Bousquet are the one and two seeds, respectively. Anna Scott is the returning two seed from last year.
Despite the good start against Thomas Dale, the Lafayette match will give the Colonials time to pause and reflect. While they do not have a full conference 25 schedule this season, their first test in those waters was a tough one.
As a team, the Colonials could only muster wins in 12 games. In singles play, Jeong won three games, and Bousquet and Scott each earned one; in doubles, Jeong and Bousquet notched one game, and Scott and Moran had a relatively close match, falling to Hatcher and Dwyer 8-6.
“We are just kind of in the middle this season,” Daghita said. “A lot of the other (former) Central District teams lost their top players, too.”
Singles: Lafayette 6, Colonial Heights 0
Bland (L) d Jeong (CH) 8-3; Trueblood (L) d Bousquet (CH) 8-1; M. Rosewelsh (L) d Scott (CH) 8-1; Hatcher (L) d Nguyen (CH) 8-0; Quarles (L) d Luthar (CH) 8-0; and R. Rosewelsh (L) d Steele (CH) 8-0.
Doubles: Lafayette 3, Colonial Heights 0
Bland and Trueblood (L) d Jeong and Bousquet (CH) 8-1 Hatcher and Dwyer (L) d Scott and Moran (CH) 8-6 Quarles and R. Rosewelsh (L) d Nguyen and Steele (CH) 8-0
Colonial Heights 7, Lafayette 2
Singles: Jonathan Hartson (CH) d. Fairbanks 6-0, 6-0; Yaser Qazi (CH) d. Gilliam 6-4, 6-0; Kevin Napier (CH) d. Harding 6-3, 6-3; Blake Cox (CH) d. Dean 7-5, 6-2; Austin Edwards (CH) d. Clark 6-2, 6-0; Hurt (L) d. Joshua Kim 6-1, 6-6 (7-4)
Doubles: Hartson/Qazi (CH) d. Fairbanks/Gilliam 8-4, Napier/Edwards d.
Harding/Dean 9-7, Clark/Hurt (L) d. Cox/Ramirez 8-3