Tennis Roundup: Jamestown Showcase Sportsmanship in Win Against New Kent

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Jelani Herard
Jelani Herard swings for the ball during his first varsity tennis match. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Boys Tennis

For Jamestown's boys tennis team, which extended its Bay Rivers District win streak to 83 matches by defeating New Kent 9-0 on Wednesday, maintaining sportsmanship despite the margin of victory is of the utmost importance.

That's why Jamestown Coach Bob Artis does not mind offering snacks, beverages or free lessons to opposing players when they play Jamestown.

Such was the case Wednesday, when Jamestown dropped just four games within the nine matches played.

Despite arriving 50 minutes late to the match, New Kent was greeted and welcomed by Artis who, as always, was excited to begin competition.

"I just love competition," he said. "You can just say the word and my hair will stand on end."

With Jamestown the superior team, Artis gave three young players – Alex Lambert, Jelani Herard and Jeffrey Shi – their first chance at playing varsity tennis.

Jamestown's top three singles players shared the same attitude, playing longer rallies that allowed New Kent players to learn and gain experience.

While Jamestown's singles matches finished up, Artis went over to the New Kent team and began offering up tips on how to their improve ground strokes.

"I paid $1,000 to learn this training technique at a clinic, but I'll give it to you for free," he joked with New Kent players.

Despite the outcome, New Kent players could be seen chatting and laughing with Jamestown players and getting tips on topics ranging from serves to doubles techniques.

For Artis, the goal is simple: Make sure everyone involved has fun playing a sport he loves. His players follow his mantra.

"You get to try new things that you might not be comfortable trying in a more intense match," Herard said. "Every game is like a practice. Experience is always good to have."

Jamestown 9, New Kent 0

Singles
DeBerry (J) d. Frizzell (N) 6-0, 6-0
Neilson (J) d. Green (N) 6-0, 6-0
Mahaffey (J) d. Sharpe (N) 6-0, 6-0
Lambert (J) d. Edmonds (N) 6-0, 6-0
Herard (J) d. Squares (N) 6-1, 6-0
Shi (J) d. Newberry (N) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles
Neilson/DeBerry (J) d. Frizzell/Edmonds (N) 8-0
Hubbard/Mahaffey (J) d. Green/Sharpe (N) 8-0
Yowell/Montgomery (J) d. Newberry/Homan 8-0

 

Tabb Takes Down Smithfield

Tabb's boys tennis team defeated Smithfield 6-3 at home Wednesday.

The Tigers took four of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches.

Tabb (2-2) will host Lafayette after spring break at 4 p.m. April 15.

Tabb 6, Smithfield 3

Singles
Hogge (T) d. Holloway (S) 6-3, 6-3
Qing (T) d. Ogle (S) 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
Jones (S) d. Skubic (T) 6-3, 6-1
Bai (T) d. Baylor (S) 6-0, 6-2
Meehan (T) d. Barlow (S) 6-3, 6-1
Davis (S) d. Drees (T) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles
Qing/Hogge (T) d. Holloway/Ogle (S) 8-3
Skubic/Bai (T) d. Jones/Espanstode (S) 8-2
Baylor/Davis (S) d. Meehan/Song (T) 8-5

 

Walsingham Easily Beats Peninsula Catholic

Walsingham Academy (3-2) dropped two matches during a 7-2 road victory against Peninsula Catholic on Wednesday.

The Trojans will host Portsmouth Christian on April 13.

Walsingham Academy 7, Peninsula Catholic 2

Singles
Boyd (W) d. Zhang (P) 6-0, 6-0
Duguay (P) d. Gutches (W) 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Han (W) d. Ma (P) 6-0, 6-0
Zheng (W) d. Khalsa (P) 6-4, 6-3
Guo (P) d. Xiao (W) 6-4, 6-3
Alonso (W) d. Morr (P) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles
Boyd/Gutches (W) d. Duguay/Khalsa (P) 8-2
Alonso/Han (W) d. Zhang/Ma (P) 8-1
Zheng/Xiao (W) d. Morr/Guo (P) 8-3

 

Girls Tennis

York Blanks New Kent

The York girls tennis team had no trouble defeating New Kent on the road Wednesday.

The Falcons move to 2-0 on the season and will face will host Warhill at 4 p.m. Thursday.

York 9, New Kent 0

Singles
Tersigni (Y) d. Morris (N) 6-2, 6-2
Dantzler (Y) d. Gaertner (N) 6-0, 6-0
Jenkins (Y) d. Claytor (N) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Fukushima (Y) d. Grey (N) 6-4, 6-0
Jutras (Y) d. Harvey (N) 6-2, 6-0
Zhou (Y) d. Carlson (N) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles
Tersigni/Dantzler (Y) d. Morris/Claytor (N) 8-3
Jenkins/Fukushima (Y) d. Gaertner/Grey (N) 8-6
Jutras/Zhou (Y) d. Harvey/Carlson (N) 8-3

Tennis Roundup: Jamestown Showcase Sportsmanship in Win Against New Kent