Starmount’s tennis team fell in its final home match of the season, but not without a fight from its seniors.
Seniors Amber Hurst and Olivia Greene won the only singles matches for Starmount, meaning they were down 4-2 with only doubles matches to play. The doubles teams were able to mount a comeback, but came up just short, losing 5-4 to Ashe County.
“My seniors Amber Hurst and Olivia Greene really played like seniors,” Starmount Head Coach Ryan Norman said. “They knew the match was going to be tough, and they stepped up and pulled off our only two singles wins. Not only did they perform very well in singles, but they lead their doubles teams to wins as well, in what turned out to be some really close matches.”
Starmount (6-7, 5-6 MVAC) only has one game left remaining in the season, and barring a miracle, it does not look like the team will make it to the state playoffs. It gave seniors like Hurst one last time to play in front of a home crowd before facing Elkin (14-0, 13-0 MVAC) Thursday night.
“I just knew it was my last [home] match, so if I didn’t leave it all out there, I wouldn’t ever be able to,” Hurst said.
“My seniors have been great leaders all season long. I am truly going to miss having them around next year, because they are really the type to lead by example,” Norman said. “I only hope that some of their younger teammates have learned from their grit and hard work ethic.”
The only hope for the Rams would be if they could get a wild card spot, as it looks like Elkin and East Wilkes will take the top two spots in the MVAC. Their result against Elkin was still pending at press time.
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