WEST JEFFERSON — It was a big week for the Lady Husky tennis team. The team picked up three straight Mountain Valley Athletic Conference victories over Alleghany, Starmount and Wilkes Central.
In the Alleghany match on Wednesday, Sept. 7, Ashe won by an 8-1 score after playing for over four hours the previous day against Elkin.
“I am proud of their effort and for playing hard even though they were exhausted,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix.
On Monday, Ashe received a stiffer challenge playing Starmount, but still came away with a 6-3 victory.
“This was a good conference win for us. It was a long match, I felt our doubles play was off tonight but played much more consistent in singles,” said Coach Dix.
Ashe County top seed Caroline Current beat Emily Mendenhall in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Second seeded Morgan Church earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Alyssa Hicks and third seeded Anna Corley cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Cherith McCullaugh.
Kaylie Fernandez scored Ashe’s fourth singles win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Mick Moxley and sixth seeded Amber Miller took down JoJo Welborn, 6-1, 6-2.
Starmount got its lone singles win from fifth seeded Sarryn Meyer as she defeated MacKenzie Woods, 6-2, 6-3.
In doubles play, Church and Current easily handled Mendenhall and Hicks by an 8-1 score.
The Rams bounced back winning the final two doubles contests. McCullaugh and Moxley beat Corley and Fernandez, 8-3, and the team of Meyer and Welborn beat Miller and Woods, 9-7.
Ashe kept its win streak going with an impressive 9-0 victory over Wilkes Central.
“It was a great conference win for us. We played much better doubles tonight,” said Dix. “We made some changes in doubles partners and it paid off tonight.”
Current was once again on top of her game, easily handling Emaleth Myers by a 6-0, 6-0 score.
In the second seeded match, Church had her hands full in the first set with Trinity Vickers. Vickers won the set, 6-4. Church bounced back to take the second set, 6-0 and went on to win the third set tiebreaker, 10-8.
Corley picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Savanna Rush in the third seeded match. Fourth seeded Fernandez was a 6-0, 6-1 victor over Morgan Blackburn.
Woods and Miller also cruised to wins in the fifth and sixth seeded matches. Woods beat Destiny Vickers, 6-1, 6-0 and Miller beat Kenzie Holbrook, 6-0, 6-0.
Church and Current remained partnered together in doubles and had no problem with Myers and Holbrook, 8-1.
Corley and Woods played together and defeated Trinity and Destiny Vickers, 8-3. Fernandez and Miller capped off the sweep with an 8-1 win over Blackburn and Rush.
The Lady Huskies will play at North Wilkes on Tuesday and at West Wilkes on Thursday.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.