The Reidsville Rams advanced to the semifinals of the state 3-A boys' tennis playoffs and improved their record to 19-0 with a 5-3 win Monday over High Point Andrews.
The teams split their singles matches 3-3, with Reidsville's top three seeds coming away with wins. Top seed David Kemp kept his record unblemished at 23-0 with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 decision over Kyle Grove, while No. 2 Andy Sands beat Jeremy Byrd 6-2, 6-1, and William Clark won at No. 3 over Pat Tucker, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.``I think I was really focused out there,' Sands said. ``I've been waiting a long time for this, and I played my best and won.'
Kemp and Sands then teamed to win at No. 1 doubles over Grove and Byrd 6-1, 6-2, while Clark and David Pollock clinched the Rams' victory with a straight-set win over Jason Hayworth and Tucker by identical 6-4 counts.
``Sands and Kemp haven't played doubles together that much,' said Reidsville coach Bill Howell. ``Just lately, they've been playing awesome at the one spot. Having them come together this well was a key.
``We've been pointing to this for three years,' Howell said. ``We have a lot of feelings towards Andrews. Andrews is so good in everything, it makes you want it more. They have something like three state championships this year.'