The win will count the same as any this season for Polk County’s boys tennis team. A victory no more important statistically than any other.
Tuesday, though, proved an afternoon that Wolverine head coach Richard Davis will remember for some time.
Owen has served as Polk County’s Western Highlands Conference nemesis for much of Davis’ 15 seasons leading the Wolverine program. Never in that time can Davis recall sweeping a match with the Warhorses, not at least until Tuesday’s 9-0 home victory.
Trailing early, Matias Akers and Adam Kehrer rallied for an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles to conclude the afternoon’s play and a Polk sweep that also kept the Wolverines atop the WHC standings at the halfway point of their conference schedule.
“I’m extremely proud of how we’ve played with limited practice this spring,” Davis said. “I’m proud of how everybody is playing with a lot of poise and a lot of competitive spirit.”
Kehrer took a 10-3 win at No. 1 singles and Akers added a 10-2 victory to set the tone for the day. No singles match was closer than 10-5, with Luke Becker posting a 10-0 win at No. 6 singles, and the Wolverines also rolled through doubles play.
The win improves Polk County to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in WHC play. All three victories have come at home, which means that the Wolverines’ path to just the second conference title in the program’s history must travel through the familiar locales of Newland, Burnsville and Swannanoa.
Despite sweeping Avery, Mountain Heritage and now Owen, Davis knows a challenge still awaits, especially with the remainder of the conference schedule on the road.
“It’s great to come out of this first round and sweep everyone and be on top,” he said. “But there’s still a long way to go. There’s no golden egg yet. We’re still hunting for it.”
Polk County starts the second round of conference play on Thursday, traveling to Avery/
1. Adam Kehrer d. Wilson Davis 10-3; 2. Matias Akers d. Siler Gore 10-2; 3. Andy Ballentine d. Nathan Schlecht 10-3; 4. Jack Smith d. Rawley Wilson 10-2; 5. Cameron Greve d. Cason Davis 10-5; 6. Luke Becker d. Jeremiah Etner 10-0.
1. Kehrer-Akers d. Davis-Gore 8-5; 2. Ballentine-Smitj d. Schlecht-R. Wilson 8-2; 3. Gaige Lewis-Eric Avellaneda d. C. Wilson-Killian Eubanks 8-3