WEST JEFFERSON — In two home matches, Ashe County took down Oak Hill Academy and West Wilkes April 16 and April 18, respectively. The wins clinched the Huskies NCHSAA 2A playoff spot. The Huskies then won both the singles and doubles conference championships April 23, sending four players to regionals.
Oak Hill Academy
The Huskies once again shut out Oak Hill Academy 9-0 Tuesday, April 16.
Ashe County’s Devin Rupard, Jake Reavis, Gabe Powers, Tatum Brown, Adrian Arado and Michael York took singles wins for the Huskies, and Ashe County swept the doubles matches as well.
“There was only one close match at No. 3 singles, but Tatum Brown won the third set tiebreaker,” Ashe County head coach Larry Dix said. “I thought our team played well tonight.”
Against the Blackhawks from West Wilkes, on Ashe County’s Senior Night, the Huskies shut out yet another opponent, winning 9-0 over the students from Millers Creek.
According to Dix, the Blackhawks only had two players competing, because their school was on spring break.
The teams played two singles matches and a doubles match. In singles matches, Ashe County’s Rupard and Reavis took down West Wilkes’ Quinton Parsons and Ryan Milam, respectively. In the doubles match, Ashe’s Arado and York also beat Parsons and Milam.
West Wilkes forfeited the six other scheduled matches, leading to a 9-0 win for Ashe County.
“This win clinched our No. 1 spot in the 2A division and gives us an automatic spot in playoffs,” Dix said.
Days later, Rupard won the MVAC 2A Singles Championship in Elkin April 23. Reavis was the runner up, which meant two Huskies faced off in the finals of the tournament, according to Dix. Before getting to the finals, Rupard defeated West Wilkes’ Noah McCray after receiving a first round bye.
Additionally, Powers and Arado won the 2A Doubles Championship. The duo defeated Shevon Borad and Jack O’Sullivan from Wilkes Central in the first round of the tournament, before taking down Quinton Parsons and Grayson Walker from West Wilkes in the second round. In the finals, the doubles team defeated Wilkes Central’s Tate Johnson and Jack Shepherd.
Rupard, Reavis, Powers and Arado all qualified for regionals. However, each of the athletes would lose in the first round of the regional tournament.
NCHSAA 2A Dual Team Playoffs
The Ashe County boys tennis team hosted Ledford High School Wednesday, May 1 for the first round of the 2A of the Dual Team NCHSAA Playoffs, where the Huskies lost 6-0 to a strong Ledford team, according to Dix.
“They hit hard, were consistent and had good placement,” Dix said.
The loss finished the season for the Huskies, a season that saw Ashe County win the 2A division, win the singles and doubles conference tournament, have four players make it to regionals and had six students awarded all-conference honors.
“This ended a very good season for us,” Dix said. “I am so proud of this team for what they accomplished.”
Ashe County 9, Oak Hill Academy 0
Devin Rupard (A) def. Andy Roson, 6-0, 6-1.
Jake Reavis (A) def. Alan Baidolo, 6-2, 6-1.
Gabe Powers (A) def. Guobin, 6-0, 6-2.
Tatum Brown (A) def. Simon Sun, 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.
Adrian Arado (A) def. Paul Moley, 6-0, 6-2.
Michael York (A) def. A. Delavazzeda, 6-0, 6-0.
Rupard/Powers (A) def. Roson/Baidolo, 8-2.
Reavis/Brown (A) def. Guobin/Sun, 8-1.
Arado/York (A) def. Moley/Sullivan, 8-2.
Ashe County 9, West Wilkes 0
Devin Rupard (A) def. Quinton Parsons, 6-1, 6-2.
Jake Reavis (A) def. Ryan Milam, 6-0, 6-0.
Gabe Powers (A) won by forfeit
Adrian Arado (A) won by forfeit
Michael York (A) won by forfeit
Johnny Reyna (A) won by forfeit
Arado/York (A) def. Rupard/Reavis, 8-4.
Ledford 6, Ashe County 0
Chris Hartzell (L) def. Devin Rupard, 6-2, 6-0.
Brenner White (L) def. Jake Reavis, 6-1, 6-1.
Sam Kruse (L) def. Gabe Powers, 6-1, 6-3.
Joe Lamb (L) def. Tatum Brown, 6-2, 7-5.
Brayden Curry (L) def. Adrian Arado, 6-4, 6-1.
Jose Santillan (L) def. Michael York, 6-1, 6-1.