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Lady Raider tennis eyeing week of Aug. 24 as workout starting date

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ROSports File Photo: Second-year head coach Neely Herndon said the Lady Raider tennis team will begin workouts the week of Aug. 24. ROSports File Photo: Second-year head coach Neely Herndon said the Lady Raider tennis team will begin workouts the week of Aug. 24. Kyle Pillar -- Sports Editor

ROCKINGHAM — The Lady Raider tennis team will begin voluntary workouts two weeks from Monday.

Second-year head coach Neely Herndon made the announcement on Monday, saying the Richmond Senior High School girls’ team will get its workouts started the week of Aug. 24

The Lady Raiders are now the fourth fall sports program to get its season started after Richmond County Schools officials cleared all student-athletes and coaches last Tuesday.

Richmond’s boys’ soccer program will also begin workouts the same day. The football team began last week and the Lady Raider volleyball team begins Monday.

Herndon stressed that the biggest responsibility for interested players is to “complete the online Athletic Clearance forms.”

A new way to make sure students are eligible to play this fall, AthleticClearance.com is an online forum that allows student-athletes to upload their updated physical and complete other sports-related consent forms in order to play.

Last season, the Lady Raiders underwent a rebuilding year with Herndon as the new coach and nine underclassmen who were all first-year players. However, she anticipates that many of them will return, including rising senior No. 1 player Kearston Bruce and No. 2 rising junior O’cean Bennett.

According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, tennis is considered a “lower risk” sport, meaning the chance of spreading or contracting COVID-19 is less than in other sports like football or soccer.

Student-athletes across the state are in Phase Two of the NCHSAA’s return program, which allows them to work outdoors with up to 25 total people for 90 minutes.

According to the NCHSAA’s safety guidelines, Herndon and her players will need to “limit the sharing of (tennis) balls” and that “each player may use her own can of (tennis) balls to serve.”

Players may also use their own tennis rack to pass tennis balls to other players, but only during singles play. Following the use of equipment like a ball machine, rackets and tennis balls, sanitation is required.

Per CDC regulations, tennis players must remain six feet apart when working out, which is more ideal in tennis than other sports.

For more information, interested players can email Herndon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call her at the Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy at 910-582-7800.

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Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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