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MHS tennis star Jessica Anderson still unbeaten

Members of the 2009 Middlesex High girls tennis team include, from left, Amanda Pruett, Andrea Stevens, Amanda Blake, Jessica Anderson, Stephanie Hutton, Melissa Baltrusaitis, Mindy Hurley, team manager  Ray Harrell and coach Pete Shepherd.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

The Middlesex High girls tennis team dominated arch-rival Mathews 6-3 in a match that started on April 22 and finished on April 23 due to rain.

Middlesex’s number one player, Jessica Anderson, continued her quest for an undefeated season as she won 6-2, 6-4. 

Middlesex’s number two player, Melissa Baltrusaitis, won 6-3, 6-4.

Also winning singles for the Lady Chargers were Stephanie Hutton 7-5, 6-4, and Mindy Hurley 6-4, 6-3.

Middlesex coach Pete Shepherd said Hutton “showed her steady style of play” in her victory.

Andrea Stevens lost 6-4, 6-2, and Amanda Pruitt lost 6-2, 6-2 for the Lady Chargers.

In doubles play, Anderson and Baltrusaitis won 6-0, 6-3; Hutton and Amanda Blake won 6-1, 6-1.

Hurley and Stevens lost a long, competitive match. They won the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2), but lost set two 6-1 and set three on a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-3).

“This is a huge district win for our team,” said Shepherd, “and one of the first times we have ever beaten Mathews.”

The Lady Chargers are 6-2 overall and 1-0 in Tidewater District competition. Middlesex traveled to West Point yesterday; to Mathews on Monday, May 4; and will host West Point on Wednesday, May 6, in its season finale.

posted 04.30.2009

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