WEST JEFFERSON — Playing games back-to-back-to-back days, the Ashe County boys tennis team won all three matches by a combined 27-0 score. Shutting out Wilkes Central, Starmount and Alleghany in consecutive days, the Huskies extended their season record to 4-1.
In their first game of the week, Ashe County blanked Wilkes Central 9-0 Monday, March 11.
“The match was closer than the score reflected in that we had to win two third-set tie breakers at (first and second seed) singles,” Ashe County head coach Larry Dix said.
Those tie breakers were won by Ashe County’s Jake Reavis and Gabe Powers, respectively. The two Huskies both won the final set 10-9. Corbin Coldiron, Tatum Brown, Adrian Arado and Michael York also notched wins for the Huskies.
“I am very proud of our young men for their determination and unwillingness to give up,” Dix said.
For the second night in a row, the Huskies held their opponent scoreless, winning 9-0 over the Starmount Rams Tuesday, March 12.
“(Top seed) Jake Reavis won another third set tiebreaker to win his match and (fifth) seed Adrian Arado won a first-set tiebreaker to give him the momentum to win the second set and his match,” Dix said. “We won our other matches more easily.”
With second seed Devon Rupard out of the lineup for the second straight match, the Huskies Powers, Coldiron, Brown, Arado and York all played at higher seeds than normal. The switch in seeding did not have much effect on the 9-0 final score.
“I continue to be proud of these young men and their good spirit and attitude,” Dix said.
It was more of the same in the Huskies’ third straight game, as Ashe County shut out Alleghany at home 9-0 Wednesday, March 13.
“This was a good home conference win for us and our third win in a row,” Dix said. “Everyone won relatively easily and are playing more consistently as a result of more court time. I think, with continued hard work, this team may surprise some other teams.”
Dix continued, saying he was pleased with the results despite limited practice time.
“We have had little court practice time due to weather,” Dix said. “We have won four of our first five matches. We have four returning players who played in the top six last year, four exhibition players returning and two new players. With more playing time, I think we will get more consistent and play smarter.”
Ashe County 9, Wilkes Central 0
Jake Reavis (A) def. Jonathan Hernandez, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.
Gabe Powers (A) def. Tate Johnson, 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Corbin Coldiron (A) def. Jack Shepherd, 6-3, 6-4.
Tatum Brown (A) def. Nick Hall, 6-2, 6-3.
Adrian Arado (A) def. Shivam Borad, 6-3, 6-1.
Michael York (A) def. Jason Young, 6-0, 6-0.
Reavis/Brown (A) def. Johnson/Shepherd, 8-3.
Powers/Coldiron (A) def. Hernandez/Hall, 8-2.
Arado/York (A) def. Borad/Young, 8-2.
Ashe County 9, Starmount 0
Jake Reavis (A) def. Adam Houston, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.
Gabe Powers (A) def. David Myers, 6-0, 6-0.
Corbin Coldiron (A) def. Roberto Fuentes, 6-1, 6-2.
Tatum Brown (A) def. Quin Morgan, 6-1, 6-3.
Adrian Arado (A) def. Lucas Nixon, 7-6, 6-1.
Michael York (A) def. Ian Tavano, 6-3, 6-2.
Reavis/Brown (A) def. Houston/Myers, 8-0.
Powers/Coldiron (A) def. Fuentes/Morgan, 8-2.
Arado/York (A) def. Nixon/Tavano, 8-5.
Ashe County 9, Alleghany 0
Jake Reavis (A) def. Shaqeel Lawson, 6-1, 6-2.
Devon Rupard (A) def. Camden Debord, 6-1, 6-0.
Gabe Powers (A) def. Mauricio Lopez, 6-3, 6-4.
Corbin Coldiron (A) def. Kevin Castillo, 6-0, 6-0.
Tatum Brown (A) def. Carlos Ramos, 6-0, 6-1.
Adrian Arado (A) def. Caleb Phillips, 6-0, 6-0.
Reavis/Brown (A) def. Lawson/Debord, 8-0.
Rupard/Coldiron (A) def. Lopez/Castillo, 8-1.
Powers/Arado (A) def. Ramos/Phillips, 8-0.