Tennis team closes season with win


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



Submitted photo - Ashe County honored its two senior players before Wednesday’s match against Oak Hill Academy. Andrew Shepherd (left), head coach Larry Dix and Dakin Christoferson pose for a photo before the match.


WEST JEFFERSON — The regular season came to an end on Wednesday for the men’s tennis team. Ashe defeated Oak Hill Academy by an 8-1 score.

“We defeated a much-improved Oak Hill team,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix. “The match was much closer than the score indicated.

Ashe also honored its two seniors prior to the match, top seed Andrew Shepherd and fourth seeded Dakin Christoferson.

The final conference match of the season took place on Tuesday at home against Starmount. The Rams held on for a 5-4 victory.

Both teams won three of the singles matches. Ashe got a victory from second seeded Noah Gouge, who was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Jared Sizemore. Fifth seeded Devin Rupard scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Joseph Smith and sixth seeded Carter Wilson was able to hold off Cory Carson in a third set tiebreaker, 7-5, 4-6, 10-5.

Starmount top seed Levi Myers edged Andrew Shepherd, 6-3, 6-4. In the third seeded match, Jordan Anderson was able to get the second Starmount victory with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Simon Houck.

The final singles match came down to another third set tiebreaker. Dillon Castevens beat Dakin Christoferson in the first set, 6-2. Christoferson bounced back to win the second set, 6-4. In the tiebreaker, Castevens held on for a 12-10 win.

In doubles action, Houck and Rupard got a win for Ashe, 8-5 over Anderson and Castevens. Myers and Sizemore got by Shepherd and Gouge, 8-4, setting up the third and final doubles match as a winner-take-all. Unfortunately for the Huskies, Smith and Carson were able to escape with an 8-6 win over Christoferson and Wilson to clinch the match.

Overall, the match lasted almost three and a half hours according to Coach Dix.

The Huskies will now turn its attention to the MVAC Tournament coming up in Elkin on Tuesday.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

Submitted photo – Ashe County honored its two senior players before Wednesday’s match against Oak Hill Academy. Andrew Shepherd (left), head coach Larry Dix and Dakin Christoferson pose for a photo before the match.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Tennis-seniors.jpgSubmitted photo – Ashe County honored its two senior players before Wednesday’s match against Oak Hill Academy. Andrew Shepherd (left), head coach Larry Dix and Dakin Christoferson pose for a photo before the match.

By Nathan Ham

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