WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Lady Huskies kept their season going with an impressive 5-4 playoff victory over Wheatmore this past Tuesday.
Ashe has been without their top seed Caroline Current after a foot injury, but the team keeps finding ways to pick up key victories.
“The team played great and I am so proud of their effort,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix.
The match was tied at 3-3 after the singles matches. Ashe got its singles victories in the third, fourth and fifth seeded matches.
Third seed Kaylie Fernandez picked up a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jodi Sananikone. Fourth seeded MacKenzie Woods earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Natalie Gallimore and fifth seeded Amber Miller easily handled Madison Kimball, 6-0, 6-0.
The battle of top seeds went Wheatmore’s way with a 6-4, 6-1 win for Eva Lovell over Morgan Church. Second seeded Hailey Mince beat Ashe’s Anna Corley, 6-2, 6-0 and sixth seeded Skylar Craddock took down Brooke Rutherford, 6-0, 6-2.
In the first doubles match, Wheatmore came out ahead with an 8-0 win for Lovell and Mince over Corley and Woods. Ashe battled back with an 8-2 win for the senior tandem of Fernandez and Miller over Gallimore and Kimball.
With the season on the line in the final doubles match, the Lady Huskies punched their ticket to the second round of the playoffs with an 8-6 victory by Church and Rutherford over Sananikone and Craddock.
“It came down to the number two doubles and the ball just bounced our way,” said Dix.
In the second round, Ashe will be on the road on Tuesday to take on Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City. Jordan-Matthews is the top seeded team in Ashe’s bracket with a 17-0 overall record. Ashe, the fourth seed in the bracket, improved its record to 14-5.
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