WEST JEFFERSON — The women’s tennis team suffered a tough non-conference loss to Watauga on Monday, but followed that up with a dominant conference win over West Wilkes on Tuesday.
Watauga 9, Ashe 0
The Pioneers swept all nine matches against the Huskies, beating Ashe for the second time this season.
“They (Watauga) are a very strong team with a lot of talent,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix. “I am proud of our ladies for winning some games and for their good attitude and spirit.”
The first three singles matches were all 6-0, 6-0 wins for Watauga. Meghan Smith beat Caroline Current in the top seeded match, Tessa Trate beat Megan Church in the second seeded match and Jadyn Kadyke defeated Anna Corley in the third set.
In the battle of fourth seeds, Briana Davidson beat Kaylie Fernandez, 6-0, 6-1. Lucy Gray defeated MacKenzie Woods, 6-1, 6-0 and Magali Turner completed the singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Amber Miller.
Watauga won the three doubles matches by scores of 8-1, 8-0 and 8-2.
Ashe 9, West Wilkes 0
The following day, the Lady Huskies got back into the win column with the team’s second conference victory of the year.
“It was a great match for us, we played some of our best tennis in this match,” said Coach Dix. “We were more consistent and controlled in our shot placement. Our doubles teams communicated well and covered the court. I am very proud of their efforts and attitude.”
In the top seeded match, Current took down Amanda Eddins in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Church beat Lindsey Matheny in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 and Corley was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Katherine Minton.
Fernandez bounced back from the Watauga loss with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over Erin Shelton. Woods beat Olivia Benton by a 6-2, 6-1 score and Miller capped off the singles wins with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Amber Souther.
Current and Church were 8-3 winners over Eddins and Matheny. Corley and Fernandez defeated Minton and Shelton, 8-1, and the team of Woods and Miller beat Benton and Souther, 8-4.
Ashe is now 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. The team will wrap up the week with a home match against Alleghany scheduled for Thursday.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.