ELKIN — Elkin kept its unbeaten Mountain Valley Athletic Conference alive by holding off a tough Ashe County squad on Tuesday, 6-3. The match lasted over four hours between two of the top teams in the conference.
The Lady Elks picked up wins in the first four singles matches.
Top seeded Mattie Timmerman had her hands full with Ashe’s top seed Caroline Current. Current won the first set, 6-4, before Timmerman bounced back with a strong second set, winning it 6-0. In the third set tiebreaker, Timmerman held on for a 10-5 victory.
In the second seeded match, Brianna Dreyer was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Ashe’s Morgan Church.
Emma Aldridge won the third seeded match after Anna Corley had to forfeit due to sickness in the second set. Aldridge won the first set, 6-0.
Elkin’s last singles win came from Bianka Soos as she beat Kayie Fernandez, 6-0, 6-0.
Fifth seeded MacKenzie Woods got Ashe’s first victory with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Sydney Kelly. In the sixth seeded match, Amber Miller beat Larkyn Nelson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
In doubles action, Corley and Fernandez scored an 8-4 win over Soos and Aldridge. The remaining two matches went Elkin’s way. Timmerman and Dreyer beat Church and Current, 8-6. Kelly and Brooke Collins beat Miller and Woods, 8-1.
“The match could have gone our way very easily,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix. “I am proud of the tremendous effort of our players and most of all, the way they handled the close loss. The spirit and attitude was commendable.”
The Lady Huskies are now 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the MVAC. Next week, Ashe will host Wilkes Central on Tuesday.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.