Nathan HamSports Writernham@jeffersonpost.com
September 9, 2012
All but one match went Ashe County’s way last Thursday with the Lady Huskies taking an 8-1 win over Alleghany.
With the threat of rain, the singles matches were played like the doubles matches with the first to win eight games being awarded the match.
Anna Wooten was an 8-0 winner over Haley Spurlin. Haley Maloney captured an 8-3 win over Molly Andrews playing as the number two seed.
Third seeded Maggie Witherspoon notched an 8-4 win over Kallie Dalton.
Alleghany won its only match of the day in the battle of fourth seeded players. Lydia Garcia took an 8-2 victory over Mary-Austin Tugman.
In the fifth seed matchup, Hallie Brown was an 8-0 winner against Katy Harper, and Hayley Ragland wrapped up singles play with an 8-2 win against Madison Murphy.
Third-seed player Kasey Curcio was out of this contest with an injury, forcing a change to the singles lineup, as well as the doubles teams. Witherspoon, Tugman and Brown each moved up a slot, and Ragland moved into the lineup in both singles and doubles competition.
The Lady Huskies swept all three doubles matches. Wooten and Maloney continued their undefeated streak with an 8-1 win over Spurlin and Andrews. Witherspoon and Brown captured an 8-6 win over Dalton and Garcia while Tugman and Ragland were 8-2 winners against Harper and Murphy.
“Although we won relatively easy, it was not some of our best tennis. This was our first match in a week and we have had very little practice due to the holiday and rain,” said head coach Larry Dix.
Tuesday’s game against North Wilkes was postponed twice, leaving Ashe with very little court time since its last victory over West Wilkes.
Coach Dix attributed some of the issues to the players feeling rushed to get the match in with the weather threat looming, and may not have warmed up and gotten as loose as usual before each match.
Ashe improved to 6-3 overall and 6-2 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
The ladies have three matches this week. Ashe played its rescheduled match against North Wilkes on Monday. Ashe hosts Wilkes Central on Tuesday and will travel to Forbush on Thursday as the second half of the conference schedule continues in full swing.