Elkin will be represented by Ryan Schell and Jacob Lyon in singles and by David Bullin and Chad Vestal in doubles in regional tennis competition. East Wilkes will be represented by Dillon Shew and Matthew Philley in doubles.
Schell earned his spot during the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference tournament this week, taking all six sets by a combined scored of 36-1. His only blemish was a loss in the first game of the first set to teammate Jacob Lyon in the finals.
Elkin Coach Tony Duncan said he didn’t say much to either player before or during the finals. “I told them not to lose a point because of an unforced error,” Duncan said. “I think both of them went out there and did that.
“Jacob battled and made a lot of shots. Ryan just hits at a different level. Hats off to Jacob. He didn’t give up. He played to win.”
Schell unanimously was selected as player of the year in the conference. Duncan was selected as coach of the year.
Lyon won 25 of his first 26 games Wednesday before Schell ran off 12 straight games against him.
Bullin and Vestal lost only four games on their way to the doubles championship — all to Landon Osborne and Jeffrey Haynes in the semifinals. All four players will represent the MVAC at the regional tournament at Elkin May 2 and 3.
“We came away very pleased,” Duncan said. “I feel like our kids stepped up and played really well. You always worry about tournament time. When it’s one and done. It’s a whole new attitude.
“I think our kids did a fantastic job with it.”
“Elkin’s No. 1 doubles is a great team,” East Wilkes Coach Aaron Simmons said. “Our guys were kind of shell-shocked.
“Hopefully we’ll compete much better in the regionals.”
The top two finishers in the singles and doubles competition advanced.
The match of the day was the doubles quarterfinal match involving Starmount’s Jonathan Allison and Nick Worley and East Wilkes’ Osborne and Haynes.
Allison and Worley took the first set, 7-6(5), before Osborne and Haynes took the next two, 7-5, 6-3.
“I was glad for my senior (Allison) and my No. 1 player (Worley) to battle it out like that and end with pride,” Starmount Coach Ryan Norman said.
“Lots of credit goes to Starmount,” Simmons said. “We had a lot of trouble with their pace. I still don’t feel like we fell into a rhythm the entire match. They were able to gut it out.
“We can’t recreate the pressure of the conference tournament,” Simmons continued. “They handled the pressure more and more as the match went on.”
It was a bittersweet ending for Starmount and the Rams. With the loss, the last Rams were knocked out of the tournament.
“My goal from the beginning of the season was reached by seeing how much these kids improved,” Norman said. “Everyone developed and got better.”
East Wilkes’ Joah Logan held off Elkin’s Reid Turner, 6-4, to win the exhibition portion of the MVAC tournament.
In the 2A part of the conference, Krishna Tiwari of Wilkes Central defeated his teammate, Hunter Jordan, 6-4, 6-3, to claim the singles title. In doubles, Park Jordan and Kevin Reynolds, also of Wilkes Central, defeated their teammates, Daniel Shinaman and Jacob Smith, 6-0, 6-2 for the title.
Only the winners in 2A advance to next week’s regional event.
The regional action at Elkin will begin at 2 p.m. May 2 and continue on May 3 at 9 a.m.
Singles — First Round: Ryan Schell (E) def. Jack Dickerson (S) 6-0, 6-0; Stone Bauguess (EW), def Robin Lang (A) 6-2, 6-0; Alleghany, 6-2, 6-; Kyle Rhodes (EW) def. Jacob Gwyn (S) 6-1, 6-2; Jacob Lyon (E) def. Jacob Miller (A) 6-0, 6-0. Semifinals: Shell def. Bauguess 6-0, 6-0; Lyon def. Rhodes 6-0, 6-1. Championship: Schell def. Lyon 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles — First round: David Bullin/Chad Vestal (E) def. Donavon Jones/Tanner Edwards (A) 6-0, 6-0; Landon Osborne/Jeffrey Haynes (EW) def. Nick Worley/Jonathon Allison (S) 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3; Jarrett Peterson/Matthew Schumak, (E) def. Josh Poole/Dylan Houck, Alleghany 6-2, 6-3; Dillon Shew/Matthew Philley (EW) def. Josh Tucker/Levi Myers, Starmount 6-0, 6-0. Semifinals: Bullin/Vestal def. Osborne/Haynes 6-2, 6-2; Shew/Philley def. Peterson/Schumak, E 6-2, 6-1. Championship: Bullin/Vestal def. Shew/Philley, EW 6-0, 6-0
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.