WEST JEFFERSON — Elkin kept its grasp on first place in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference with a 6-3 victory over Ashe County on Thursday.
The Elks played without their top seed, who finished second in the state last season.
Ashe picked up one singles win and two doubles victories.
“I felt good about how our team played against a very good team,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix. “It is always good to play up and I think this will help the team as we head into our last week of regular season play.”
Jarrett Peterson took over the top seed line for Elkin in this match and took a 6-1, 6-0 win over Ashe’s Andrew Shepherd.
In the second seeded match, Elkin’s Isaac Powell was a 6-0, 6-4 winner against Jacob Key. Third seeded Reid Turner beat Ashe’s Simon Houck by a 6-1, 6-4 score.
The Huskies got a singles victory in the fourth seeded match with Dakin Christoferson beating Silas Coley in a third set tiebreaker, 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.
The final two singles matches went Elkin’s way. Daniel Soos beat Noah Gouge, 6-1, 6-0 and Asher McRitchie beat Devin Rupard, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles play, Peterson and Turner got a victory for Elkin by beating Shepherd and Key, 8-4.
Houck and Gouge scored an 8-0 win over Holt Jackson and Izzie Gonzalez and the tandem of Christoferson and Rupard held on for an 8-4 victory over Joe Gallion and Drake Bogart.
The Huskies will wrap up the regular season with three matches this week. Ashe goes to East Wilkes on Monday, hosts Starmount on Tuesday and Oak Hill Academy on Wednesday.
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