Seven Ashe County seniors were honored before their final home match of the season on Monday against Alleghany.
Sam Bowers, Lucas Zeller, Een Shepherd, Jordan Spell, Jake Harrington, Travis Stanley and Lucas Hamm were the senior players on this year’s squad.
As for the match, Alleghany held on to win a close one over Ashe by a 5-4 score.
“It was a good match and even though we lost, it provided good warm-up and practice for the tournament,” said head coach Larry Dix.
In the top seeded match, Alleghany got a win from Lucas Edwards as he defeated Bowers in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Ashe got wins in the second and third seeded match. Zeller was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Daniel Caudill and Shepherd defeated Daniel Teague by a 6-1, 6-4 score.
In the fourth seed match, Alleghany’s Andrew Whitehead scored a 6-2, 7-6 win over Jacob O’Neal.
Alleghany got its third singles win from Josh Choate. Choate defeated Stanley in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
The final singles match went Ashe’s favor with a 7-5, 0-6, 10-8 win for Spell over Garrison Wagoner.
With the match tied at 3-3 going to the doubles matches, it would be Alleghany that picked up wins in two of the three doubles matches to get the team victory.
Bowers and Zeller got Ashe’s lone win, an 8-2 victory over Edwards and Whitehead.
Caudill and Teague were 8-1 winners over Shepherd and O’neal while Wagoner and Brad Whishon took an 8-4 victory over the duo of Stanley and Spell.
Ashe finished the year with an 8-8 record overall. See Tuesday’s edition of the Jefferson Post for a recap of the Mountain Valley Conference Tournament.