Mountain-Valley 1A/2A Conference
Ashe Tennis Beats Surry Central
March 17, 2009Ashe County Huskies
The Huskies tennis program opened up their 2009 season with a home match this week. With a short schedule, the Huskies have only two matches that are outside of Mountain Valley Conference play, as Ashe kicked off their MVAC campaign with a match against Surry Central.
Despite being the first match of the season, the Huskies took a slight 4-2 advantage after the singles matches, then sealed the victory by winning the number one doubles, giving the Huskies a 5-4 final team victory over Surry Central, moving to 1-0 on the season and 1-0 in MVAC play.
Earning victories for Ashe was Chase Smith at the number one seed, Nathan Greene at the number four seed, Justin Miller at the number five seed, and Zeb Richardson at the number six seed.
In doubles, Smith and Greene paired up for a victory, which was the deciding match for the team match.
The excitement during singles was on the court where it was anticipated to be heading into the match. Kyle Eiswald, Surry Central's number one seed, provided a tough pairing for Ashe's Smith at the number one seed.
Smith is returning off of a record setting season last year, when him and Anand Patel, who graduated last year, advanced to the MVAC Doubles Championship. Smith and Patel lost the Championship Match though, but then they moved onto the regionals and state tournament, marking the first doubles team from Ashe County to move onto the State Tournament in the history of the school.
Patel has since graduated from Ashe County High School as part of the Class of 2008, but Smith has returned for one more season as a Husky.
According to the Huskies' coach, Daniel Newell, who is in his first season as a coach at Ashe County High School, the match between Smith and Eiswald could simply be described as exciting.
Eiswald claimed the first set, which was extended into a tie-breaker that Eiswald won 7-5, to win the first set 7-6. Smith battled back and won the second set 6-2, and then won the third set 7-3.
Other singles victories for Ashe was Nathan Greene winning 6-0 6-1, Justin Miller winning 6-0 6-1, and Zeb Richardson winning 6-4 6-3.
The Huskies ended singles matches with a 4-2 advantage, and sought one win in doubles to claim the team victory. The Huskies earned that win with the number one doubles match, which was Smith and Greene for the Huskies facing off with Jonathan Cook and Jake Dellinger for the Golden Eagles. Smith and Greene claimed the victory with a 8-3 tally, giving the Huskies their fifth victory of the match, naming Ashe County as the team winner.
The other doubles were not as successful for the Huskies, with the second doubles, Zach Richardson and Wooten, losing 8-6, and the third doubles, Miller and Zeb Richardson, losing 8-6.