Ashe tennis whips Alleghany
by Nathan Ham Sports Writer email@example.com
Ashe won eight of nine matches at Alleghany last week to earn another conference victory in the early stages of the year.
It was a hot and humid afternoon, and the Lady Husky players had to battle the heat for a match that lasted well over three hours.
“Although we won the match, I do not feel it was one of our best matches,” said Head Coach Larry Dix. “Our team had a lot of unforced errors and missed opportunities to score. This may be due to a speedy warm-up and hot weather.”
Top seeded Hallie Brown put on a strong performance, despite feeling under the weather. Brown beat Molly Andrews in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
In the second seeded match, Maggie Witherspoon was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Kallie Dalton.
Grace Miller continued her strong freshman year with a 6-0, 6-1 win against fellow third seed Lydia Garcia.
Ashe also got wins in the fourth and fifth seeded matches. Mary Austin Tugman beat Katy Harper, 6-1, 6-1, and Ella Copeland defeated Madison Murphy, 6-3, 6-1.
Alleghany’s only win was in the final singles match of the afternoon. Abby Wagoner edged out Ashe’s Erin Griffin in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Two of the three doubles matches were extremely close. Brown and Witherspoon held on to beat Andrews and Dalton by a 9-7 score. Miller and Tugman also had their hands full with Garcia and Harper. The Ashe duo escaped with an 8-5 victory.
The last doubles match was cut short due to rain, but Copeland and Griffin got the win for Ashe since they were ahead 5-1 when the rains came.
“I am certainly glad to get the win and I am proud of the players for their sportsmanship and attitude,” said Coach Dix. “They work very hard and continue to improve.”
Coach Dix was also pleased with being able to play several exhibition matches to get some of the younger players more court experience in live game action.
Rae Zeller won a singles match, Abby Manley and Hayley Taylor split a pair of doubles matches and Sierra Eicher and Cheyenne Eicher won a doubles match. Callie Powell and Kaylie Fernandez lost a tough doubles match and the team of Zeller and Keely Caddell also lost a close one.
Ashe will have three matches this week. The Lady Huskies host Elkin on Tuesday, travel to North Wilkes on Wednesday and host Starmount on Thursday.
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