It was a tough week of tennis for the Huskies having to take on two of the top teams in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. Ashe lost to Wilkes Central and East Wilkes by a 9-0 score.
“Wilkes Central is a very strong team and leader of the 2A conference,” said Ashe County Head Coach Larry Dix. “They have several returning players and hit the ball very well.”
Top seeded Parker Jordan beat Ashe’s Alex Church in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Kevin Reynolds beat Jacob O’Neal, 6-1, 6-2 and Krishna Tiwari was a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Andrew Shepherd.
Wilkes Central’s fourth seed Daniel Shinaman beat Caleb Adcock, 6-2, 6-4. Jackson Smith was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Frank Ledezma and Hunter Jordan defeated Alexis Ramos, 6-2, 6-0. This was Ramos’ first match of the season playing in the top six seeds.
The Eagles swept all three doubles matches as well.
“Even though we lost, I am proud of the sportsmanship of this team and how they handle the losses,” said Coach Dix.
On Thursday, Ashe faced East Wilkes on a cool, windy day and several of the matches were really up for grabs, but the Cardinals ended up winning every match.
“I am proud of our guys for not giving up and playing hard against stronger teams,” Dix said. “They are learning so much and continue to improve their game.
Cardinal top seed Dillon Shew handled Church in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
O’Neal battled Matthew Philley hard, but dropped the first set, 4-6 and lost the second set by a 5-7 margin.
In the third seeded match, Jeffrey Haynes beat Shepherd, 7-5, 6-1.
Fourth seeded Landon Osborne beat Adcock in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Fifth seeded Stone Baugess defeated Ledezma, 6-1, 7-6.
In the final singles match, Cole Baugess defeated Ramos, 6-0, 6-1.
Shew and Haynes beat Church and O’Neal, 8-3, in the first doubles match.
Justus Brickey and Tristen Davis escaped with an 8-3 win over Shepherd and Adcock and the team of Devon Fuller and Dalton Payne won a tight one over Ledezma and Ramos, 9-7.
Ashe will host Oak Hill Academy on Wednesday for a non-conference match.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87