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Eight in a row

Nathan Ham Sports Writer nham@civitasmedia.com

September 19, 2013

The Lady Husky tennis team is now in a tie for first place after a huge win over East Wilkes on Monday and a blowout win over North Wilkes on Tuesday.


Ashe avenged an early-season loss to East Wilkes by taking down the Cardinals 5-4 to move into a tie with them for first place in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.


“We have had some good wins this year with wins over Elkin and Wilkes Central, but this was the win of the season so far,” said Head Coach Larry Dix. “It was a great win against a very good conference team. The team showed that they can play under pressure and not lose their focus.”


Each team captured wins in three singles matches. Top seed Hallie Brown was a 6-3, 6-3 winner for Ashe over Shanisha White. Third seeded Grace Miller beat Kennedy Lester, 6-3, 7-5 and Ella Copeland won her match, 6-3, 6-2


Molly Callaway, Keyla Pardue and McKenzie Stokes all picked up Cardinal wins.


The overall match came down to the three doubles matches. White and Callaway were 8-1 winners over Brown and Maggie Witherspoon to put East Wilkes up 4-3.


The last two doubles matches went right down to the wire, but it would be the team in purple that scored the wins. The duo of Miller and Mary Austin Tugman and the team of Copeland and Kasey Curcio both held on for 9-7 wins.


The ladies followed that up with a 9-0 win over the Vikings the next day.


“This was a different tempo than the previous match against East Wilkes, and illustrates the diversity in the level of play in the conference,” said Coach Dix. “I think the players were a little tired from the long four-hour match the previous day, but they were able to stay focused and play their game.”


Brown and Witherspoon both won their matches in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Miller was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Angela Jordan. Curcio grabbed a 6-0, 6-3 win against Marvin Mayer and both Tugman and Copeland added 6-0, 6-0 wins to sweep the singles matches.


Doubles matches flew by just as quick with Ashe easily handling North Wilkes.


The regular season is now past the half-way point with a whole lot at stake down the stretch, including a potential conference championship.


“I tell the players that all matches are important and that you need to go into every match as if it is the most important match of the season,” said Coach Dix. “I continue to be proud of how they represent our school and community in their play, attitude and sportsmanship. They are a class act.”


The ladies have four regular season matches remaining after this week. Ashe will host Alleghany on Tuesday, Sept. 24, before traveling to Elkin on Thursday, Sept. 26. The final two contests will be at Starmount on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and at home against Wilkes Central on Thursday, Oct. 3.


East Wilkes exhibition results:


Rae Zeller/Erin Griffin lost, 4-6


Keely Caddell/Callie Powell lost, 2-6


Abby Manley/Hayley Tayler lost, 4-6


North Wilkes exhibition results:


Zeller won in singles, 6-0


Caddell won in singles, 6-0


Griffin won in singles, 6-0