MHS girls advance to Region A finals
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School girls tennis team defeated Rappahannock 5-1 in the semifinals of the Region A Tournament Tuesday at RCC-Glenns.
MHS will travel to Suffolk today, May 28, to play Franklin for the Region A “team title.”
In “individual” tournament action, the singles semifinals were held May 27 and the finals are today, May 28, in Suffolk. Both the individual doubles semifinals and finals were held May 27.
Middlesex had played Rap-pahannock once earlier in the season and won 5-4. The Lady Raiders were the Northern Neck District champions and the Lady Chargers won the Tidewater District.
“Our ladies knew they had to play well and smart to win,” said MHS coach Pete Shepherd. “They certainly did both.”
Jessica Anderson continued her undefeated singles season with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win.
Melissa Baltrusaitis “played the best tennis she has ever played,” said Shepherd, and rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Stephanie Hutton won 6-1, 6-1, and Amanda Pruett won 6-2, 6-1.
Amanda Blake was defeated 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.
In doubles action, Anderson and Baltrusaitis won 6-1, 6-2.
In another matter, Coach Shepherd released the following statement this week: “First, I would like to apologize to Andrea Stevens, and her family for the article in last week’s Sentinel indicating a negative slant on her performance. It was not intended to be negative and, quite the contrary, it was to be a positive comment. Our team’s #2 singles player was not able to play, and not wanting to move up players, I asked Andrea, our #7 player, to take on Mathews’ #2 player. Andrea has not played singles much this year but is instrumental as part of our #3 doubles team. Andrea did not hesitate to take on the challenge. You could not, as a coach, ask for a better attitude. Andrea knew going in that it would be an extreme challenge. As she came off the court, she was excited about winning one game from her opponent. Andrea is such a delight to have as a player. She is by far the most improved player on the team. She has worked very hard at improving her game, and with her winning attitude she just makes it a joy to coach her. She will be a tremendous asset to the team next season.”