Forget winning – Polk County’s boys tennis team now has a winning streak.
Continuing its turnaround season, the Wolverines downed Mountain Heritage 7-2 on Tuesday in a Western Highlands Conference match at Polk. The win, the second straight for Polk, improved the Wolverines to 4-6 overall, 3-2 in WHC play, all that coming after a 2014 season in which the team failed to win a match.
“They’re not quite good enough yet to beat the really good teams, but they’re good enough to beat the teams we should beat,” said Polk County head coach Richard Davis. “Mountain Heritage was a good challenge for us, and I thought they handled it well. It’s great to win two games in a row.”
Polk County took five of the six singles matches, with Tyler Oxtoby winning 8-3 at No. 1, Peyton Stott winning 8-5 at No. 2, Henry Monts winning 8-3 at No. 3, Joshua Kornmayer winning 8-3 at No. 4 and Malik Miller winning 8-4 at No. 6. Ben Deffner dropped a tight 8-6 game at No. 5
Oxtoby and Monts teamed for a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles. Dakota Baker and Rustin Muse fell 6-3 at No. 2 doubles and A.J. Searcy and Alec Becker fell 7-6 in a tiebreaker.
Tuesday’s win came on the heels of a 7-2 victory on Monday at Avery. There, Oxtoby won 10-4 at No. 1, Kornmayer won 10-3 at No. 3, Deffner won 10-2 at No. 4, Becker won 10-3 at No. 5 and Miller won 10-1 at No. 6. Stott dropped a close 10-8 decision at No. 2. In doubles play, Miller and Deffner fell 8-1 at No. 1, Baker and Muse took a 9-8 win at No. 2 and Braden Johnson and Searcy won 9-8 at No. 3.
“We’ve definitely got a good-looking future, especially if we can get folks to work and get a little better in the offseason and we get more kids coming out,” Davis said. “It feels good to win matches again.”