WILKESBORO — Playing without two of the team’s top six seeds proved to be no problem at all for the Lady Huskies against Wilkes Central.
Ashe picked up a 6-3 win over the Eagles on the road.
“This was a big win for us since Wilkes is another 2A team in our conference,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix. “I am very proud of the way our ladies played and the way they went to the net and did not give up.”
Ashe was forced to play without top seed Keely Caddell and sixth seed Kaylie Fernandez.
Morgan Church stepped up to play as the top seed but suffered a loss to Wilkes Central top seed Jessica Barber.
The Huskies won all five of the remaining singles matches after that.
Second seed Caroline Current easily handled Stephanie Shanen without losing a single game on the way to a 6-0, 6-0 win. Third seed Josie Cooper was a 6-1, 6-1 winner against Sarah Grace Shepherd, fourth seeded Callie Powell earned a 6-1, 6-1 win over Emaleth Meyers and fifth seeded Anna Corley took a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Rebecca Baker.
The closest singles match was the sixth seed match where Celeste Ramseur filled the empty spot to take on Morgan Blackburn. Blackburn took the first set, but Ramseur battled back and won both the second and third set tiebreaks by 7-6 and 10-8 scores to win the match.
In doubles play, the Eagles won two of the three matches. Barber and Shepherd beat Church and Current, 8-3 while Baker and Blackburn edged out Corley and Ramseur, 8-5.
Cooper and Powell scored Ashe’s lone doubles win with an 8-3 win over Meyers and Shanen.
“We still need to work on consistency and keeping the ball in play,” said Coach Dix. “This team continues to develop.”
Ashe County is 5-5 overall and 5-2 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
Ashe will be at home for two MVAC matches this week. The Huskies host North Wilkes on Tuesday and West Wilkes on Thursday.
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