Tennis squads lose at Montgomery Co., sweep Bracken

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By Mike Aldridge

The weather cooperated enough last week for the Harrison County tennis teams to play two matches with far different results.
 The Bracken County Polar Bears and Montgomery County Indians were the opponents for Coach Kara Mattox’s netters.
The Polar Bears were no match for the Harrison County teams as the visiting Breds and Fillies swept to 5-0 victories.  
The Fillies had a little more trouble than the Thorobreds as they had a couple of close matches before pulling out the wins.  
The singles No. 1 player Harley Sallee shut out the Bracken County No. 1 Megan Littleton 8-0 to set the pace.  Hayley Mansur, Xinkun Nie and Alycia Schaum also took the win in their matches.  
The doubles play was more lopsided as the Lady Bears only managed three points in four matches.  
Julie Henson and Ashlyn Techau led the way with an 8-0 win followed by Kaitlyn O’Neal and Sara Barnett winning 8-2; Abby Besson and Shelby Tucker winning 6-1; and Gabbi Richie and Megan Lopez taking their match 6-0.
The Thorobreds were dominant as they did not give up a point for the entire day.  
Charlie Smith, Cory McCauley and Austin Roberts each won 8-0 in singles play while the doubles teams of Jacob Markley/Wes Barnett and Matthew Seals/John Mitchell breezed by the opposition by an 8-0 count as well.  
The Thursday match with Montgomery County was very difficult for both the Breds and the Fillies.  
The Indians shut the Breds out 0-9 though some of the matches could have gone either way.  
Wes Barnett took his match to 6-8 while Austin Roberts went to a 4-8 count in two very close tussles that were in doubt until the end.  
In doubles, Charlie Smith and Roberts battled to the end before falling 6-8.
The Fillies lost the match by a 2-7 score while losing some hard-fought games along the way as well.  
Singles players Ashlyn Techau and Sara Barnett each won their matches and Nie, Mansur, and Henson each were close to pulling their matches out.  
The doubles squad was without Abby Besson, but still won a match as Shelby Tucker and Alycia Schaum won their contest 8-6.  
Again, like the boys’ team the girls had two other close matches that with some luck could have fallen into the victory column.  
The Harrison County tennis squads are in action this week facing Montgomery County again, this time in Mt. Sterling on Wednesday and Clark County at home on Thursday.   
The contests scheduled for Monday with Nicholas County and Tuesday with Mason County were both called due to rain.