Region champs shy of state title
The state championship hopes ended for the Rappahannock Boys Doubles Team. This came after falling to the soon-to-be state champions from Wilson Memorial.
Rappahannock’s Chris France and Brandon Wiseman opened the postseason winning the Region A Doubles Championship on May 29 defeating Windsor’s Kyle Hollowell and Daniel Klausmeier in two sets (6-1, 6-3) at the Howard Mast Tennis Complex.
However in the following week, Wiseman and France fell in the opening round of the Group A Boys Doubles Tennis Tournament at Radford University to Region B Champion Wilson Memorial’s Miles Harnard and Connor Spotts, 2-0 (6-1, 6-0).
The sad news came after the high school’s entire boys team went undefeated in the district and took away a region doubles championship. A feat to not be overlooked, according to Rappahannock coach Keith Peyton.
“Although Brandon Wiseman and Chris France played extremely well last Friday,” Peyton said. “Coach Jackie Morris and myself couldn’t be more proud of each member of the team for their efforts this year.”
Region’s finest fall in semis
The two-time defending region girls doubles tennis team saw their hopes for a state championship end in bitter defeat last week. Dropped in two sets by soon-to-be state champion George Mason, the Rappahannock team made up of Abby Gozka and Lori Gagnon
Rappahannock Head Coach Corbin Franklin said she is proud of her girls despite the outcome.
“The girls played really well against George Mason. Many of the games were close, and Lori and Abby played some of the best tennis we’ve seen all year,” Franklin said.
Coach Franklin said she has seen improvement in the tennis program at Rappahannock—something that is encouraging the coaching staff to raise the level of competition in preparation for future postseasons.
Facing teams from areas in which students play tennis all year round has been a downfall, Franklin said, adding that she hopes students will take advantage of the local tennis clinics and in turn, generate some more interest into the sport.
“It’s tough for our girls to compete against players at that level because many of our girls only started playing tennis competitively in the 8th or 9th grade,” Franklin said.
The duo defended their region title on May 29 sealing their spot in the Group A State Girls Doubles Tournament. They went on to defeat Northampton at the Howard Mast Tennis Complex in two sets (6-0, 6-1) and in the finals over Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (2-6, 6-4 and 6-1).