On a windy day in the High Country, a pair of teams used to battling the elements squared off in a non-conference tennis match on Monday.
The Watauga Pioneers came away with the 8-1 victory to send Ashe to 0-2 overall.
“It was a good non-conference match for us with a very good 4A school. I think our young men did well, given their little practice time and experience,” said Ashe County Head Coach Larry Dix. “Playing a team like Watauga can only make us better.”
Coach Dix said the team struggled in the singles matches, but started to play better in the three doubles matches.
The Pioneers swept all six singles matches in straight sets.
Top seeded Landon Taylor defeated Alex Church, 6-0, 6-0. Second seeded Dristen Trate beat Jacob O’Neal, 6-0, 6-0 and third seeded Caleb Gould beat Andrew Shepherd, 6-0, 6-1.
Will Spinette knocked off Caleb Adcock in the fourth seed match, 6-0, 6-0. Josh Lampkins was a 6-0, 6-1 winner of Dakin Christoferson and Brady O’Neal was a winner of Frank Ledezma, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles action, Ashe got its lone win from the duo of Christoferson and Ledezma as they powered by Clay Bushell and Blake Howser, 8-5.
Gould and Spinette were 8-2 winners over Church and O’Neal and the team of Lampkins and O’Neal beat Shepherd and Adcock, 8-2.
“I am very proud of the development of the players after only a few weeks into the season,” Coach Dix said.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87