The Watauga High women's tennis team pulled out another close match Wednesday night. This time around, the Pioneers (4-0) defeated Hickory 5-4 at the Sports Complex in a non-conference match (the Northwestern 3A/4A match
between these schools will be played October 2). And like they did Monday and Tuesday, the Pioneers pulled it out with a pair of big wins in doubles play.
With the match tied 3-3, Meredith Smith and Nicole Fox defeated Erynn Hurst and Zoe Fisher of the Red Tornadoes, 8-1; that win gave WHS a 4-3 lead. Hannah Petersen and Kelsi Kanoy put the match away with a win at No.2 doubles. That duo defeated Madaline Finley and Julia Kessel, 8-6.
The Pioneers also had two players two players that got sick and were forced to leave the match. Emily Burwell, who suffered a loss at No.4 singles, and Annika Davison, who lost at No.6 singles, got six and the forced head coach Anna DeChellis to switch things.
"I give those girls a lot of credit for playing singles," DeChellis said. "But they just couldn't continue. So, we moved some people around and the girls responded very well to the change."
Kylie Winkelmann and Jessica Benyon won their exhibition match in doubles play. The Pioneers take on Ashe County at home next Monday night.
WHS 5, HICKORY 4
1st: Meredith Smith vs. Erynn Hurst 6-2, 6-2 WIN
2nd: Hannah Petersen vs. Madeline Finley 6-1, 6-1 WIN
3rd: Nicole Fox vs. Zoe Fisher 6-0, 6-0 WIN
4th: Emily Burwell vs. Jessie Herfurth 2-6, 2-6 LOSS
5th: Kelsi Kanoy vs. Julia Kessel 1-6, 6-4, tiebreaker 2-10 LOSS
6th: Annika Davidson vs. Rachel Kessel 1-6, 3-6 LOSS
1st: Smith/ Fox vs. Hurst/Fisher 8-1 WIN
2nd: Petersen/Kanoy vs. Finley/J. Kessel 8-6 WIN
3rd: Gab Neufeld/Taylor Paige 2-8 LOSS
4th Savannah Copeland/Ali Maupin vs. _____ 6-8 LOSS
5th Kylie Winkelmann/Jessica Benyon vs. _____ 8-6 WIN
WHS VOLLEYBALL TAMES HUSKIES
The Watauga High volleyball team didn't suffer a letdown Wednesday night in its home opener against Ashe County. Instead, the Pioneers (3-1) belted the Huskies in a three-game sweep: 25-9, 25-16, 25-11. Channing Hagaman led the way with 14 kills; Rebecca Hayes had 12 kills; Meredith Farthing had 13 digs; Ashlyn Van Dyke had 17 digs; Emily Hinshaw had eight aces; Kristen Carter had 24 assists and Sarah Combs had 14 assists.
The JV team (3-1) won its match in a two-game sweep, 25-1, 25-12. Abby Hicks led the way with 24 service points, including ten aces. Sarah Combs had eight assists. The WHS volleyball team host Polk County next Tuesday night; WHS will play its Northwestern 3A/4A Conference opener at St. Stephens next Thursday.
WHS JV SOCCER BLANK McDOWELL
The Watauga High JV soccer team won its match Wednesday night by blanking McDowell 4-0 in Boone. Adam Hendrix, Will Spinetto, Chase Palm and Jake Irwin all scored for WHS. The varsity team will play Freedom in the final round of the Catawba Tournament in Morganton tonight at 7 p.m. The Pioneers (4-0) have scored 17 goals in their first four games. Senior Alex Parsons has six of those goals.
WHS JV FOOTBALL @ ASHE COUNTY, 7 P.M.
WHS SOCCER v. FREEDOM @ CATAWBA TOURNAMENT, 7 P.M.