ELKIN - Defending Mountain Valley Conference champion Elkin opened its 2013 slate in a big way Friday afternoon.
The Buckin’ Elks, coming off a perfect 14-0 season and a league title, routed rival Starmount 9-0 in tennis’ rendition of the Battle of the Bridge in the season opener.
Tyler Macy, Ryan Schell, David Bullins, Ashton Gant and Chad Vestal all won easily, blanking their opponent in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to power Elkin. Jacob Lyon defeated Jonathan Allison 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 5 match to complete the singles sweep.
In doubles play, Macy and Schell breezed past Starmount’s Ricardo Hernandez and Daniel Stinson 8-0 as Bullins and Vestal blanked Nick Worley and Jordan Roberts in the second match. Gant and Coley McCulloch rounded out doubles play with an 8-2 win over Allison and Josh Tucker.
East Wilkes followed suit with a dominating 9-0 victory over Forbush in the season opener.
Greylin Cleary, Levi Barker and Luke Patterson cruised to straight-set sweeps in the match, winning 6-0, 6-0, while Alvin Sales won 6-0, 6-1. Top-ranked Dillon Shew battled past Forbush’s Alex Sales 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 match, while Jeffrey Haynes’ 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 4 completed the singles sweep.
In doubles, Shew/Barker and Haynes/Patterson breezed to a comfortable 8-0 victory, while Cleary and Sales finished off thet sweep with an 8-2 win in the No. 1 match.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.