WEST JEFFERSON — All four of Ashe County’s top seeds entering the regular season return from last year’s tennis team, giving the Lady Huskies a nice blend of experience to go along with a big group of newcomers.
Overall, eight players return from the 2016 team including four players that are in the top six seeded positions.
Ashe took part in a scrimmage against West Caldwell on Wednesday evening, giving the team a chance to see where they stack up against other teams in the area.
The Lady Huskies won eight of the nine matches against a young West Caldwell team.
“It was a good practice match for us and gave us match experience,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix. “We played well but as most scrimmages should, it gave us a lot to work on.”
Ashe also saw 12 new players come out to compete for a spot on the team this year, a good sign for the future and building blocks for some much-needed team depth.
The Lady Huskies open the regular season on Tuesday at Watauga.
#1 – Annie Bean (West Caldwell) def. Caroline Current (Ashe) 3-6, 6-0, 11-9
#2 – Morgan Church (Ashe) def. Alyssa Heffner (West Caldwell) 6-0, 6-1
#3 – Mackenzie Wood (Ashe) def. Anabel Zayas (West Caldwell) 6-0, 6-0
#4 – Brooke Rutherford (Ashe) def. Brianna Swanson (West Caldwell) 6-0, 6-1
#5 – Caroline Keith (Ashe) def. Kaitlyn Lopez (West Caldwell) 6-0, 6-0
#6 – Ashley Dollar (Ashe) def. Emily Billings (West Caldwell) 6-0, 6-0
#1 – Current/Church (Ashe) def. Bean/Heffner (West Caldwell) 7-2
#2 – Wood/Rutherford (Ashe) def. Zayas/Swanson (West Caldwell) 8-1
#3 – Keith/Molly Rupard (Ashe) def. Lopez/Billings (West Caldwell) 8-0
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