Perfect finish for Wood duo

By Robert Niedzwiecki
The Winchester Star

Radford — Kari Pope couldn’t help but break into a huge grin after partner Headley Wilson ran into the fence in an attempt to return a serve during Saturday’s Group AA girls’ doubles championship match.

One point later, James Wood really had something to smile about — a perfect match, a perfect season, and a second consecutive state title.

Pope, a senior, and Wilson, a sophomore, defeated Jamestown’s Kelly Little and Whitney Simerlein 6-0, 6-0 in 50 minutes to improve to 23-0. The James Wood duo hasn’t lost since falling to Handley in last year’s Northwestern District tournament final.

A year after beating Northside 6-2, 6-1 in the same amount of time for the first state tennis title of any kind in school history, the duo recorded 19 winners against nine unforced errors to earn the championship and “go out with a bang” in their final match together.

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