Ashe’s Men’s Tennis team got into the win column for the first time this season with a pair of victories last week against Alleghany and Starmount.
The Huskies scored an 8-1 victory over the visiting Trojans, winning all but one doubles match.
“It was a good match between two teams who are rebuilding from losing several players from last year,” said Ashe County Head Coach Larry Dix.
Top seeded Alex Church knocked off Josh Poole in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Jacob O’Neal beat Dylan Houck by a 6-3, 6-0 score in the battle of second seeded players.
Third seeded Andrew Shepherd defeated Donovan Jones by identical 6-4 scores in both sets. Fourth seeded Caleb Adcock got past Robin Lang, 6-0, 6-3.
The fifth and sixth seeded matches were a little bit closer. Dakin Christoferson beat Jacob Miller, 6-2 in the first set, but had to win a 7-5 tiebreaker to get the match. Frank Ledezma capped off Ashe’s sweep after rallying from losing his first set, 4-6. Ledezma took set two, 6-4, then edged Tanner Edwards in the tiebreaker, 10-7.
Church and O’Neal beat Poole and Houck in the first doubles match, 8-6.
Jones and Edwards got Alleghany’s lone win, defeated Shepherd and Adcock, 9-7.
The final doubles match was an easy win for Christoferson and Ledezma, 8-1 over Lang and Miller.
“Our team did a great job of coming to the net on approach shots and using court position,” said Coach Dix. “We have been really working on this in practice.
Coach Dix said the team is working hard on finding consistency with their shots and will hopefully get that even more with warmer weather coming and the team actually getting to practice on the courts.
Ashe kept the winning ways going on Thursday with an 8-1 victory over Starmount.
“Because of the strong wind gusts, it was difficult to get any rhythm going, but the boys played hard and did not give up,” said Dix.
Coach Dix commended the team on how well they adjusted to the windy conditions, particularly going to the net to play shots.
The Huskies won five of the six singles matches. Church, O’Neal, Adcock, Christoferson and Ledezma all came out on top.
Josh Tucker got the Rams on the board with his singles win over Shepherd.
Both teams were able to play some exhibition matches and Ashe won a pair of doubles games.
Alexis Ramos and Nick Lanfranchi were 8-1 winners and the duo of Justin Hertzell and An Luong were 8-3 winners.
“Our consistency is still a little off and we need to work more on our second serves and court position. I continue to be pleased with their attitude and sportsmanship,” said Coach Dix. “I am pleased with the team’s progress and development.
The team is scheduled to travel to Wilkes Central on Tuesday and host East Wilkes on Thursday.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87