Wood wins in doubles semis

By Robert Niedzwiecki
The Winchester Star

RADFORD — Even the best of teams can use an occasional lesson about sustaining success.

James Wood High School’s Kari Pope and Headley Wilson earned the opportunity to defend their Group AA doubles championship today with a 6-0, 6-4 victory against Spotswood’s Kelsey Westwood and Megan Hunter Friday at Radford University, and the Colonels won’t forget the second set in their quest to repeat.

James Wood (22-0) needed just 17 minutes to win the first set, but the Colonels fell down a break at 3-2 in the second before winning four of their last five games. That stretch set up a noon match at Radford University with Jamestown, a 6-4,6-3 winner over Hidden Valley,

“We let up a little bit,” said Pope, a senior who will play for Army next year. “We lost our focus some. We just weren’t as intense in the second set, until we realized we had to be.

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