Handley Blanks HHS
WINCHESTER — It’s a good thing Handley’s yearbook came out on Thursday, because that gave the Judges something to do while waiting to take the court against Harrisonburg in the Conference 23 girls’ tennis final.
The match was originally scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Handley, but a brief thunderstorm dumped enough rain to soak the courts, forcing the match to be moved indoors to Winchester Country Club, where only two courts were available.
Handley senior Kathryn Bock and junior Jamie Miller swept both No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, before the match was moved for a third time to the outdoor courts at the Lowry Tennis Complex at Jim Barnett Park.
It took three different venues and about four hours, including the delays and travel to different courts around the Winchester area, but the Judges actually made quick work of the Blue Streaks once they were on the court.
Judges senior and No. 6 singles player Eileen Wilkerson was the first off the court with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Molly Campillo, putting the Judges well on their way to a 5-0 victory over Harrisonburg to claim the conference championship.
The Blue Streaks (8-7) faced a tough matchup against Handley, especially with missing six players, including unbeaten No. 2 seed Michelle Waligora (out with tendinitis), No. 4 Mary Hallet Culbreth (school concert) and No. 5 Ann Bauhan (illness). Four Harrisonburg freshman filled in at Nos. 3-6, and two drew matches against Handley seniors.
The loss now sends the Blue Streaks on the road to face Salem in Monday’s 4A North Region quarterfinals. Despite being shorthanded, Harrisonburg coach Lawson Yoder said his team competed well against a talented Handley squad that reached the Group AA state quarterfinals a season ago.
“I wish we had our best lineup, but it’s a good experience,” Yoder said. “We just tried to do the best we could. It’s a good test for us to see what we can do against the best. We competed well with our young players, who were going up against some excellent tennis players.”