Men’s tennis splits pair

Nathan Ham

April 21, 2014

Ashe County wrapped up its tennis regular season last week with a victory over Starmount and a tough loss to Wilkes Central.

Ashe 9, Starmount 0

The Huskies made easy work of Starmount on Wednesday, sweeping all nine matches.

“I think it was probably some of the best tennis we have played this season,” said Ashe’s Head Coach Larry Dix.

All of this came in spite of the team not being able to practice outdoors on Monday or Tuesday due to inclement weather.

“We started out a little slow and lost some games, but quickly regained rhythm and confidence,” added Coach Dix.

Top seed Alex Church was never threatened by Nick Worley. Church won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

Second seeded Jacob O’Neal was pushed early on by Jonathan Allison, but eventually cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win.

Andrew Shepherd and Caleb Adcock, playing as the third and fourth seeds, both won their matches by 6-3, 6-0 scores over Levi Myers and Josh Tucker.

Frank Ledezma was a 6-0, 6-1 winner against Shane Herke and Dakin Christoferson kept Jacob Gwyn from winning a single game in a 6-0, 6-0 triumph.

The team changed its doubles pairings up a bit against the Rams. Church and Adcock took an 8-3 victory over Worley and Allison. O’Neal and Ledezma were 8-3 winners over Myers and Tucker and the tandem of Christoferson and Shepherd took an 8-2 win against Herke and Gwyn.

“Our players hit good strokes and serves, played smart court position and went to the net. I continue to be proud of these young men for the progress they have made this year,” Dix said.

Wilkes Central 9, Ashe 0

On Senior Day, Ashe had to face off against the Eagles, who are currently ranked fifth out of all 2A teams in the state.

Church, Ledezma, An Luong and Alexis Ramos are the four seniors on this year’s squad.

The Eagles played well, but Ashe unfortunately made a few key unforced errors and struggled with consistency, according to Coach Dix.

Parker Jordan beat Church, 6-0, 6-0. Kevin Reynolds took down O’Neal, 6-3, 6-0 and Krishna Tiwari was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Shepherd.

In the fourth seeded match, Adcock battled hard, but lost to Jackson Smith, 7-6, 6-3. Fifth seeded Hunter Jordan beat Ledezma, 6-2, 6-1 and Dakota Massucco earned a 6-2, 6-1 win against Christoferson.

Central also won all three doubles matches to put a close to the regular season.

“This has been a fun, challenging season and I am just so proud of this team. They started out young and inexperienced and have come a long way,” said Dix. “They worked hard and displayed a winning attitude.”

Ashe will head to the MVAC Tournament this Wednesday at Elkin.

*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87