Surry Central took the out right lead in the MVAC with a 5-4 victory over the Huskies, placing Ashe in second place, and Starmount and Wilkes Central coming in at third and fourth place.
“This was a very, very close match that went down to the wire,” commented Huskies head coach, Vickie Herman. “The singles matches were all being played very close, and the game scores never got too one-sided.”
Ashe fell behind during the singles, and was faced with a tough task heading into the doubles matches. With the score 4-2 following singles, in favor of Surry Central, Ashe would had to of won all three doubles matches to win the match. However, Surry Central won one of the three doubles matches to claim the 5-4 victory, moving to 6-0 in conference.
In singles, Ivey Tant and Courtney Bowers defeated their opponents, with Tant competing at the #1 seed for Ashe, and Bowers at the #3 seed. Tant won 7-5 6-3 and Bowers with a 6-2 6-3 victory.
“It came down to two tiebreakers that Surry Central won,” elaborated Coach Herman, “and the score at the was 4-2 in Surry Central’s favor at the end of singles.”
In doubles, the Huskies won two of three matches, and lost the third match in a tough manner. Ashe’s #2 and #3 doubles teams came away with 9-7 and 9-8 victories, and the #1 doubles team gained a 6-1 lead in the match. However, Surry Central’s team battled back and won the match 9-7.
“I was very happy with my number three doubles team, they played the best tennis I have seen them play all year,” Herman explained. “They came back from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a tiebreaker win.”
The Huskies had what should be an easy match to recover after the tough loss as they were on the road at North Surry yesterday evening. The Greyhounds concluded the first round of conference play without a single victory. Results of the match were unavailable at press time. Next week, the Huskies tennis squad will host Forbush next Tuesday evening.