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Huskies Drop MVAC Matches

April 2, 2009
Ashe County Huskies

Date: 4/3/09
Article written by Michael Graybeal / Sports Editor

The Huskies tennis team, after a solid start early in the Mountain Valley Conference season, suffered from a tough schedule early this week when they were on the road Monday at Forbush and then hosted Wilkes Central on Tuesday. The Huskies struggled with both opponents and lost the matches 3-6 at Forbush and then 3-6 to Wilkes Central.

The Huskies were coming off of a small break, if one could call it a break, as the heavy rains towards the end of last week caused all matches and practices for the Huskies to be cancelled.

Coach Daniel Newell commented following Monday's loss at Forbush, "After being rained out of practice and matches most of last week, we were a little rusty, and add that to a long bus ride, playing on unfamiliar courts with unexpected cracks, and playing in the hottest weather we have experienced yet this year, we had a tough time keeping up with Forbush."

Forbush flew through the singles matches, claiming five of the six individual victories. The lone winner for Ashe was Zeb Richardson, who defeated his opponent 6-3 6-0.

"A positive highlight of the match was Zeb Richardson played better than we have ever seen him play," continued Coach Newell. "He put away his opponents with apparent ease."

After the victory in singles, Zeb paired together with Justin Miller in doubles to earn another victory. They won their doubles match 8-3, giving the Huskies their second team point. Chase Smith and John Wooten earned the third and final team point at the number one doubles team as they defeated their opponents 8-5.

Nathan Greene had a tough match with his opponent, Cody Snow, as the match was extended into a third-set tiebreaker. Green lost the first set, 4-6, but then battled back and with determination tied the match at one set apiece with a 6-2 victory in set two. However, Greene fell behind in the tiebreaker, and lost the match with a 7-3 loss during the tiebreaker.

After returning home, the Huskies returned to action the following evening with another MVAC match on Tuesday, when they hosted the Wilkes Central Eagles. The Huskies continued struggle with their opponents as they lost the match with another 6-3 decision. However, Ashe's team points came in different manners, with two singles claiming victories, and one doubles pair earning the win.

Smith and Zach Richardson earned points with individual victories, and then Smith and Wooten won their doubles match, giving Ashe their third team point.

In singles, Smith's match against Collin Greer was an exciting all around match. Smith battled to a 7-5 7-5 well deserved win over Greer. Zach Richardson won his match with a close second set, when he squeezed by Greg Herring of Central 7-5 to add to his 6-2 victory in set one.

The Huskies looked to have a third singles victory at the sixth court, where Zeb Richardson was paired against Jordan Berry of Central. Zeb won his first set 6-3, but Berry won the second set 6-3 to send the match into a tiebreaker. Berry won the tiebreaker with a 7-3 margin, to give Wilkes Central the team point.

In doubles, Wooten and Nathan Greene paired together for a close match against Berry and Matt Abernathy for Central. The Eagles' pair squeezed by with a 8-6 victory, and Miller and Zeb Richardson paired together for a tough 8-2 loss.

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