The Watauga High girls' tennis team made it three straight to start the 2014 season following a 8-1 win against Ashe County at the WHS Tennis Courts Monday night.
It was WHS' (3-0) second win against the Huskies in nearly a week. The Pioneers defeated Ashe County 9-0 in West Jefferson in their season opener last Wednesday.
Meghan Smith led the way for WHS. She defeated Hallie Brown of the Huskies in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, in No.1 singles, and the Pioneers coasted home from there. Kelsi Kanoy followed with a straight-sets victory over Grace Miller of the Huskies, 6-3, 6-2, at No.2 singles.
The Pioneers clinched the match when Elizabeth Allport knocked off Rae Zeller, 6-2, 6-0, at No.5 singles. Smith and Ali Maupin picked up a win at No.1 doubles; Addie Hall and Annika Davidson were victorious at No.2 doubles.
Ashe County avoided the shutout as Abby Marley and Zeller teamed up for a win at No.3 doubles. They knocked off Lucy Gray and Allport, 8-2.
Sarah Copeland won her exhibition match in singles play; Pia Owen and Katie Mac Knight won their exhibition match in doubles play.
The Pioneers will face their stiffest test of the season, so far, on Wednesday when they travel to Asheville-Roberson for a 4:30 p.m. match.
WATAUGA 8, ASHE COUNTY 1
1. Meghan Smith (W) d. Hallie Brown (A), 6-2, 6-1
2. Kelsi Kanoy (W) d. Grace Miller (A), 6-3, 6-2
3. Lucy Gray (W) d. Maggie Witherspoon (A), 6-2, 6-2
4. Annika Davidson (W) d. Keely Cattell (A), 7-6, 6-0
5. Elizabeth Allport (W) d. Rae Zeller (A), 6-2, 6-0
6. Ali Maupin (W) d. Abby Marley (A), 6-0, 6-0
1. Smith & Maupin (W) d. Brown & Miller (A), 8-5
2. Addie Hall & Davidson (W) d. Witherspoon & Cattell (A), 8-4
3. Marley & Zeller (A) d. Gray & Allport (W), 8-2
Sarah Copeland (W) d. Carolina Current (A), 8-0
Pia Owen & Katie Mac Knight (W) d. Josey Cooper & Nora Church (A), 8-7
ROCKETS BLANKS WHS, 4-0
Hector Gutierrez scored three goals and picked up an assist as the Asheville-Reynolds High boys' soccer team defeated Watauga 4-0 Monday night in Fairview, N.C.
Gutierrez snapped a scoreless-halftime tie with an unassisted goal at the 47-minute mark of the second half. Gutierrez picked up an assist on Rockets' (4-0) second goal as he set up Teagen Stalte five minutes later.
The Rockets outshot WHS (1-2) 17-9. Goalkeepers Will Stinetto James Stantey of the Pioneers each made two saves apiece in the loss. The Pioneers return home to play Alexander Central Wednesday night.
The Rockets won the junior varsity game, 3-0.
Reynolds 4, Watauga 0
Scoring: Hector Gutierrez 47:00; Teagen Stalte (Gutierrez) 52:00; Gutierrez (John Diavatis) 68:00; Gutierrez 75:00.
Shots: Watauga 9, ACR 17.
Saves: Will Stinetto (W) 2, James Stantey (W) 2; Eric Lenhart (ACR) 8.
Records: Watauga 1-2, ACR 4-0.
JV: ACR, 3-0.