Church qualifies for tennis regional


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



Submitted photo - Morgan Church, pictured here alongside head coach Larry Dix at the MVAC Tournament in Elkin, qualified for regional play that begins Friday in Salisbury.


ELKIN — Morgan Church will keep her tennis season going after qualifying for the 2A Midwest Regional after a runner-up finish in the 2A singles championship at the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference Tournament last Tuesday.

Church started her march to the finals with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Wilkes Central’s Anna Whitley. In the semifinals, Church beat Erin Shelton of West Wilkes in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 to reach the finals.

After winning the first set in the championship match by a 6-1 score, West Wilkes top seed Amanda Eddins bounced back to win the second and third sets by identical 6-3 scores to win the championship.

Ashe’s Brooke Rutherford competed in the singles tournament, but was defeated in the first round by Eddins.

Ashe also had a pair of doubles teams compete in the tournament.

Anna Corley and MacKenzie Wood beat Wilkes Central’s team of Savanna Rush and Morgan Blackburn by a 6-2, 6-3 score to reach the semifinals. The senior duo of Kaylie Fernandez and Amber Miller also made it to the semis with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jordyn Johnson and Mackenzie Johnson from North Wilkes.

Unfortunately for both Ashe teams, their tournament came to an end in the next round.

The North Wilkes team of Brianna DeMario and BrookeLynn Roope beat Fernandez and Miller, 7-5, 6-3. Lindsay Matheny and Katherine Minton of West Wilkes knocked off Corley and Wood, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Ashe once again had to play without top seeded Caroline Current after a foot injury two weeks ago at Alleghany.

The 2A Midwest Regional will take place at Salisbury High School Oct. 21-22. Matches begin on Friday at 2 p.m.

Mountain Valley Athletic Conference Tournament

1A Singles

Finals

Maddi Lester (East Wilkes) def. Kari Hodges (East Wilkes) 6-1, 6-0

Semifinals

Lester (East Wilkes) def. Emily Mendenhall (Starmount) 6-0, 6-0

Hodges (East Wilkes) def. Iridian Lopez (Alleghany) 6-3, 6-2

Quarterfinals

Lester (East Wilkes) def. Lilli Yeoman (Alleghany) 6-0, 6-0

Mendenhall (Starmount) def. Kenley Wells (Elkin) 6-0, 6-2

Hodges (East Wilkes) def. Jojo Welborn (Starmount) 6-0, 6-2

Lopez (Alleghany) def. Sydney Kelly (Elkin) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles

Finals

Mattie Timmerman/Bianca Soos (Elkin) def. Brie Jarvis/Abby Reeves (East Wilkes) 6-1, 7-6

Semifinals

Timmerman/Soos (Elkin) def. Kinsey Crabb/Leah Nance (East Wilkes)

Jarvis/Reeves (East Wilkes) def. Briana Dreyer/ Emma Aldridge (Elkin) 6-2, 7-5

Quarterfinals

Timmerman/Soos (Elkin) def. Teri Hall/Yannia Nardelo (Starmount) 6-0, 6-0

Crabb/Nance (East Wilkes) def. Cherith McCullugh/Sarry Meyer (Starmount) 6-0, 6-1

Jarvis/Reeves (East Wilkes) def. Cassidy Cleary/Katelyn Davis (Alleghany) 6-2, 6-0

Dreyer/Aldridge (Elkin) def. Alyssa Hicks/Mick Moxley (Starmount) 6-3, 6-3

2A

Singles

Finals

Amanda Eddins (West Wilkes) def. Morgan Church (Ashe) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

Semifinals

Eddins (West Wilkes) def. Mikayla Howell (North Wilkes) 6-0, 6-0

Church (Ashe) def. Erin Shelton (West Wilkes) 6-2, 6-0

Quarterfinals

Eddins (West Wilkes) def. Brooke Rutherford (Ashe) 6-0, 6-0

Howell (North Wilkes) def. Emaleth Myers (Wilkes Central) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Shelton (West Wilkes) def. Chelsea Blevins (North Wilkes) 6-1, 6-3

Church (Ashe) def. Anna Whitley (Wilkes Central) 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles

Finals

Lindsay Matheny/ Katherine Minton (West Wilkes) def. Brianna DeMario/BrookeLynn Roope (North Wilkes) 7-5, 6-4

Semifinals

Matheny/Minton (West Wilkes) def. Anna Corley/Mckenzie Wood (Ashe) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

DeMario/Roope (North Wilkes) def. Kaylie Fernandez/Amber Miller (Ashe) 7-5, 6-3

Quarterfinals

Matheny/Minton (West Wilkes) def. Kenzie Holbrook/Rebecca Baker (Wilkes Central) 6-1, 6-2

Corley/Wood (Ashe) def. Savanna Rush/Morgan Blackburn (Wilkes Central) 6-2, 6-3

DeMario/Roope (North Wilkes) def. Olivia Benton/Amber Souther (West Wilkes) 6-2, 7-5

Fernandez/Miller (Ashe) def. Jordyn Johnson/Mackenzie Johnson (North Wilkes) 6-1, 6-0

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

Submitted photo – Morgan Church, pictured here alongside head coach Larry Dix at the MVAC Tournament in Elkin, qualified for regional play that begins Friday in Salisbury.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Morgan-Church-regionals.jpgSubmitted photo – Morgan Church, pictured here alongside head coach Larry Dix at the MVAC Tournament in Elkin, qualified for regional play that begins Friday in Salisbury.

By Nathan Ham

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