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Colonial Heights Tennis Rolls Past Matoaca
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Apr 9, 2014, 14:45

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MATOACA—Jonathan Hartson and Yaser Qazi provided the one-two punch to lead the way for the Colonials 9-0 varsity tennis knock out of Matoaca Tuesday.

Hartson continued his incredible on court dominance downing Brandon Harper 8-0 and keeping his undefeated streak against former Central District foes intact. Qazi came from love-2 in his singles match to wrest an 8-8 (7-3) tie-breaker over Troy Driskill to help lead the charge for the Colonials.

The win keeps the Colonials undefeated at 5-0, a streak during which the team has only lost two matches. Matoaca dropped to 3-2 on the season, with their only other loss coming against a tough Cosby team at 5-4.

“I had to adjust to his serve. He was starting to get it in, and you always have games where you are off and have to adjust. When that happens, you just suck it up and work through it,” Hartson said.

For the most part, Hartson’s first and second serves dominated the game. The real key to his success is his ability to get in quality second services. Where most players at the high school level focus solely on putting the second service in play, Hartson’s second serve has power and depth. The two-time Central District Player of the Year’s second serve is more dangerous than many players’ first serve.

Playing a bonafide baseline game, Hartson’s opponents face a player whose groundstrokes are clean and low. He rarely plays serve and volley, but can put the game away with short volleys and drop shots. When you watch him play, it’s easy to see why he has been untouchable on the tennis court.

“About two years ago, I changed my serve to where I was dragging my toe and it gave me a lot more power. I’ve also been working on adding more power to my second serve to get it deeper in the box. The second serve is all confidence,” he said.

Qazi and Driskill played the game of the match. Driskill took the first two games, and Qazi was forced to come from behind. After getting the match to 8-8, Qazi took control finishing the tie breaker at 7-3 for the win.
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“This is looking like the top match up for the old Central District. I was thinking Dinwiddie would be it because the returned five. But that didn’t work out; they didn’t bring back the right five. We still have to player Prince George, who will be tough. But we only have two players on the team who play another sport, Kevin Napier and Blake Cox play volleyball,” Smielecki said.

In the bottom four matches Napier defeated Blake Miles 8-0, Cox defeated Connor Thomas 8-0, Austin Edwards defeated Curtis Strickland 8-1, and David Kim defeated Matthew Padgett 8-6. The Colonials were equally dominant in doubles play: Hartson-Qazi knocked off Kemp-Kalua'u 8-2; Napier-Edwards downed Dailey-Long 8-2, and Cox-D. Kim defeated Hayes-Brinkman 8-1.

“We’ve started out pretty quick before, but this team is probably the strongest team I’ve had other than my fourth year. I was a little apprehensive at first because we had no idea what to expect in Conference 25; Lafayette was pretty good and we had some tough matches that we pulled out. Our toughest meetings will be York and Poquoson. York has probably the best player in the conference, other than Jonathan,” Smielecki said.

Colonial Heights 9, Matoaca 0

Singles: Hartson d. Harper 8-0, Qazi d. Driskill 8-8 (7-3), Napier d.
Miles 8-1, Cox d. Thomas 8-2, Edwards d. Strickland 8-1, Kim d. Padgett
Doubles: Hartson/Qazi d. Harper/Strickland 8-2, Napier/Edwards d.
Driskill/Thomas 9-7, Kim/Cox d. Miles/Padgett 8-5

Records: Colonial Heights 5-0, Matoaca 4-2

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