It took a little over two hours, but Elkin’s Reed Turner put away East Wilkes’ Stone Bauguess in a tiebreaker at No. 6 singles to give the Buckin’ Elks a 9-0 win at the Elkin municipal courts Wednesday.
Bauguess won the first set 7-5, but Turner battled back to win the second set, 6-4. Turner then took an 8-4 and then a 9-5 lead in the 10-point tiebreaker before taking it 10-6.
Bauguess jumped out in front 3-0 and 4-1 in the first set and then held on to win 7-5. “It is really cool to see a kid not give up,” East Wilkes Coach Aaron Simmons said. “I appreciate him for battling.”
Elkin Coach Tony Duncan said Turner, a sophomore, and Matthew Schumak, a junior who plays at No. 5, have only played four official matches at the high school level. “They’re still learning,” Duncan said. “They have good shots. They’re just not match ready.”
Duncan liked what Schumak did in his 6-1, 6-4 win over Kyle Rhodes. “He started out slow,” Duncan said. “But he figured out what he needed to do.”
Ryan Schell took care of business at No. 1. Dillon Shew was up 40-15 and serving for a game in the second set, but couldn’t close the door on Schell. Shew took both the second and third games to deuce, but Schell was able to keep him of the board, winning 6-0, 6-0.
“That’s tough,” Shew said after playing Schell. “That’s really tough. That’s a whole new level.”
Schell said he is working on “staying off the defensive. I’m trying to play more inside the baseline.”
Both players returned several tough shots - playing baseline to baseline - early and midway through the second set before Schell prevailed.
“Ryan’s probably one of the top one or two kids in the state,” Simmons said. “I have a lot of respect for how he handles himself.”
Simmons said he told Shew “not to make it about the kid on the other side of the net. He lost a match on Friday,” Simmons said. “And today he lost 0 and 0, but I thought he played better. Sometimes scores can be deceiving.”
“Anytime you play them, it gives you a barometer of where you are,” Duncan said of East Wilkes. “Our kids are playing well. East Wilkes is a solid team. Our kids stepped up today. We haven’t made a lot of mistakes.
“Coach Simmons will make you play every shot you have in the bag.”
“I was not pleased with how our kids competed at Friday’s match,” Simmons said. “I’m much happier today. The results haven’t been great, but Elkin’s a great team.”
Simmons said the results were not as important as improvement. “Today was not about anybody but us,” he said. “That’s what I want to see every match - growth.”
The match, originally scheduled for East Wilkes, was moved to Elkin because the courts were drier.
Singles — No. 1: Ryan Schell def. Dillon Shew, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: David Bullin def. Matthew Philley, 6-0, 6-3; No. 3: Chad Vestal def. Jeffrey Haynes, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4: Jacob Lyon def. Landon Osborne, 6-2, 6-2; No. 5: Matthew Schumak def. Kyle Rhodes, 6-1, 6-4; No. 6: Reed Turner def. Stone Bauguess, 5-7, 6-4, 10-6.
Doubles — No. 1: Bullin-Vestal def. Shew-Philley, 8-3; No. 2: Schell-Lyon def. Osborne-Rhodes, 8-0; No. 3: Schumak-Jarrett Peterson def. Haynes-Justice Brickey, 8-3.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.