The Huskies split the matches with an easy victory over Oak Hill on Monday, but then lost the match on Tuesday to the higher ranked Starmount Rams.
The first match of the week was a non-conference dual with the Oak Hill Warriors. Ashe had no problems with the Warriors as they swept the match three games to none to move onto Tuesday, where they faced the second ranked Starmount Rams. Starmount, coming into the match with a 9-1 record in the MVAC, swept the Huskies in three games, winning 3-0.
The loss to the Rams drops the Huskies’ record to 5-6 in MVAC play, one game ahead of the North Wilkes Vikings, who are lurking in fifth place.
The MVAC receives four playoff berths into the NCHSAA Playoffs, making the fourth seed a coveted spot by the lower half of the conference. North Surry, Starmount, and Forbush have already secured first, second, and third spots in the conference, leaving fourth open for grabs by either Ashe or North Wilkes. Rounding out the bottom two seeds is Wilkes Central, and Surry Central.
Consequently, Ashe, who is ahead of North Wilkes by one match, traveled to Hayes on Thursday evening to face the North Wilkes Vikings in the final match of the season.
A victory by Ashe, the Huskies move onto the playoffs as the MVAC fourth seed. However a loss by Ashe would put both the Vikings and the Huskies tied at 5-7 in the MVAC, in a virtual tie. A tie, which due to the Huskies defeating the Vikings in the first round, would be settled by a coin toss, or drawing numbers out of a hat.
The Huskies, who received a wildcard berth into the playoffs last year, looked to claim their first automatic bid into the NCHSAA Playoffs under the direction of their current head coach, Laura Foster. However, due to the nature of deadline here at the Jefferson Post, the results of Thursday’s match with North Wilkes was unavailable at press time.