Tennis win streak ends

Nathan Ham Sports Writer

September 30, 2013

Ashe County’s 10-match winning streak came to an end on Thursday with a tough 5-4 loss at Elkin.

“It was a close match even though I don’t think our ladies played the way they are capable of,” said Head Coach Larry Dix. “Elkin has improved from our earlier meeting.”

Elkin top seed Payton Nicholson defeated Hallie Brown in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Brown entered the match feeling under the weather but put up a hard fight regardless.

Miracle Walters swept Ashe’s second seed Maggie Witherspoon, 6-0, 6-0.

Ashe bounced back with wins in the third and fourth-seeded matches. Freshman Grace Miller was a 6-4, 6-3 winner against Makayla Dimmette and Kasey Curcio took a 6-1, 6-4 win over Ally Gentry.

The fifth-seeded match went down to a tiebreaker that went Elkin’s way. Julie Newmark beat Mary Austin Tugman 1-6, 6-1, 10-6.

Ella Copeland scored a 6-2, 6-4 win to send the match to the doubles games in a 3-3 tie.

Curcio and Copeland handed Ashe a lead with an 8-5 win, but Elkin got wins in the other two doubles matches to get the win.

“I am disappointed that we lost, particularly when I think we had the better team, but I commend these players for their winning season,” Coach Dix said. “We still have two more regular season matches which we need to focus on and get ready for before the conference tournament.”

Ashe ends the regular season with a match at Starmount on Tuesday and the final home match against Wilkes Central on Thursday.