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ASH Boys and Girls Tennis swept by Taylor County

AMERICUS – Though they fought hard in the matches, both the Americus-Sumter High School girls’ and boys’ tennis teams were swept by Taylor County in the season opener Tuesday, February 20, at Americus-Sumter High School.

On the girls’ side, they were blanked by Taylor County 5-0. “We had to get our feet wet today. This was our first match of the season,” ASH girls coach Terri Lee said. “We were trying to figure things out today and we’ve got some things to work on.”

In girls’ singles action, the number one singles player for ASH, Hannah Martinez, lost to Taylor County’s Mary Kate Eubanks in straight sets 1-6, 1-6. Jovan Sykes of ASH fell to Kyli Bone in straight sets 1-6, 4-6, and the Lady Panthers’ Kimberly Worthy lost to Sadie Wicks in straight sets 1-6, 3-6.

In girls’ doubles action, the number one doubles team of Kirby Perry and Israel Broomfield fell to the Taylor County duo of Rachel Herring and KC Paz in straight sets 0-6, 0-6. The Lady Panthers’ number two doubles team of Taylor Garcia and Elena Pagan lost to Kaleigh Harris and Callie Duncan in straight sets 1-6, 0-6.

Americus-Sumter’s Jovan Sykes returning a shot from Kyli Bone of Taylor County. Sykes lost the match 1-6, 4-6.  Photo by Ken Gustafson

In boys’ action, the Panthers also fell to Taylor County 5-0. In singles action, The Panthers’ number one singles player, Aaron John Ndaayezwi, fought hard against Taylor County’s Charlie Robinson, but lost 6-7, 4-6. In the first set, Ndaayezwi lost in a tie breaker. Braxton Cross, the number two singles player for ASH, fell to the Vikings’ Will Hartman 2-6, 2-6. The number three singles player for the Panthers, Zacheaus Johnson, lost to Zack Wilder 2-6, 0-6.

In doubles action, the Panthers’ team of Keldrick Flemming and Weston Wooden lost to the Vikings’ duo of Jackson Knight and Aiden Robinson 4-6, 0-6. Aaron Lewis and Chandler Redix of ASH also fell in straight sets to Jacob Peed and Patrick Harrington 0-6, 1-6.

Both the Americus-Sumter boys and girls’ tennis teams will try to rebound when they host Cairo on Thursday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m.