WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County avenged an early-season loss to Starmount when they took down the Rams at home on Tuesday, 6-3.
The Huskies have become very familiar with close matches, and this one was no different. Four of the matches needed third set tiebreaks and the teams were tied at 3-3 headed to doubles play.
“This was a great victory since they beat us last time 5-4. The guys did not give up and held on to win,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix.
Husky top seed Jacob Key needed a third set tiebreaker, but was able to get the victory over Starmount’s top seed Zach Sizemore, 6-3, 1-6, 10-8.
The second seeded match went to Starmount, but Ashe’s Noah Gouge put up a great fight. Jordan Anderson won the first set for Starmount, 7-5, but Gouge battled back in a big way to take the second set, 6-2. Anderson got more of his shots to fall in the third set tiebreaker, clinching the win with a 10-3 third set triumph.
Simon Houck got Ashe back in the win column with a 6-3, 7-6 win over fellow third seed Dillon Casstevens.
The fourth and fifth seeded matches went down as Starmount victories. Lucas Zamora lost the first set to Devin Rupard, 4-6, but came back to win the second set, 6-4, and the third set tiebreaker, 10-7. Fifth seeded Alex Whitaker beat Ashe’s Joseph Nguyen, 6-4, 7-5.
The final singles match was a big win for Corbin Coldiron and the Huskies. Coldiron beat David Meyer, 6-3, 6-4.
With the match all tied up, the Huskies went to work in doubles matches and ended up sweeping all three contests. Key and Houck fought hard for a 9-8 win over Sizemore and Anderson. Gouge and Rupard earned an 8-4 win over Casstevens and Zamora and the duo of Nguyen and Coldiron cruised to an 8-2 victory against Whitaker and Meyer.
Ashe County’s record currently sits at 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, which has them solidly in third place overall and at the top of the 2A side of the standings.
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