As have so many others in the area, Polk County tennis coach Richard Davis has been battling the flu, Thursday’s match with Kings Mountain marking the first time he’d been near a tennis court in several days.
The afternoon provided a dose of good feelings as the Wolverines earned their first win of the season, topping Kings Mountain 5-4 in a non-conference match at Polk.
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Polk County (1-2) built a 5-1 lead in singles play before being swept in doubles, a development that provided the only negative of the afternoon for Davis.
“We just didn’t have a very good attitude about doubles,” Davis said. “I hate that, because it looks a lot closer than it should have been.”
Polk County’s four veteran players swept the first four singles matches and first-year player Seth Hardin earned a 10-4 victory at No. 6 singles for his first career win.
Due to schedule changes, Polk County will return to its home court on Monday, hosting Hendersonville in a Western Highlands Conference clash before traveling to R-S Central on Tuesday.
Polk County 5, Kings Mountain 4
1. Henry Monts (PC) d. Landon Ervin 10-7; 2. Payton Stott (PC) d. Jerry Fite 10-6; 3. Malik Miller (PC) d. Austin Ledbetter 10-4; 4. Rustin Muse (PC) d. Michael Sparks 10-4; 5. Richard Fernandez (KM) d. Lucas Rogers 10-0; 6. Seth Hardin (PC) d. Caleb Sears 10-4.
1. Fite-Ervin (KM) d. Monts-Stott 6-1; 2. Ledbetter-Starks (KM) d. Miller-Muse 7-6; 3. Fernandez-Sears (KM) d. Rogers-Hardin 6-2.