As the 1A Mountain Valley Athletic Conference tennis tournament concluded Tuesday, one East Wilkes senior punched her way into the 1A West Tournament in the match of the night.
Senior Amber Parks defeated Elkin’s Mattie Timmerman 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the conference finals. Parks cruised to a win in the first round against Emily Mendenhall of Starmount, then defeated Elkin’s Ally Gentry to advance to the finals. In the deciding match against Timmerman, it came down to the wire.
“Both young ladies played outstanding in the final,” East Wilkes Head Coach Aaron Simmons said. “Amber was outstanding in many regards throughout the match, but I was most impressed with her mental toughness. Although she lost the second set, she didn’t get rattled and played with an outstanding focus at the end of the final set.”
In singles, Parks’ only Elkin player she faced up until the tournament was Miracle Walters, who maintained a perfect record throughout the season. In the state tournament, there is potential for her to face Elkin for a fifth time.
The doubles final was all Elkin, with Miracle Walters/Morgan Randleman and Brianna Dreyer/Kirstan Beaver squaring off to settle it. In the end, it was Walters and Randleman who came away with the win. The duo making the state playoffs was a given, as they’ve maintained a perfect record all season long, as has the entire team.
The dual team tennis tournament starts Tuesday, with seeding day being on Monday.
Amber Parks, East Wilkes def Emily Mendenhall, Starmount 6-1, 6-1
Ally Gentry, Elkin def Holly Miller, Alleghany, 6-3, 6-2
Mattie Timmerman, E def Riley Wagoner, EW 6-1, 6-1
Amber Hurst Starmount, def Iridian Lopez, Al, 6-1, 6-1
Parks, EW, def Gentry, E 6-3, 6-4
Timmerman, E def Hurst, S 6-3, 6-2
Championship: Parks, EW def Timmerman, E 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Miracle Walters/Morgan Randleman, E def Moxley/ McCullogh S, 6-0, 6-0
Schubart/Higgins, EW def Whisnant/McGrady, Al, 6-1, 6-2
Brianna Dreyer/Kirstan Beaver, E def Greene/Hicks, Star. 6-0, 6-4
Matti Lester/ Brie Jarvis, EW def Nordelo/Davis Al, 6-0, 6-0
Walters/Randleman, E def Schubart/Higgins, EW, 6-1, 6-2
Dreyer/Beaver, E def Lester/Jarvis 7-5, 6-0
Championship: Walters/Randleman, E def Dreyer/Beaver, E 6-1, 6-1
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