Polk County senior Harrison Ashworth picked up a key point in Tuesday's victory

Polk County notched its first postseason win since 2018 on Tuesday, knocking off Gray Stone Day 5-2 in the opening round of the state 1A boys tennis playoffs.

The Wolverines (5-7) earned four singles wins to take command of the match, with No. 1 doubles team Banks Barber and Riley Ballentine then clinching the team win with a triumph at No. 1 doubles.

Barber and Ballentine also earned singles wins, as did No. 3 player Charlie Jackson. Senior Harrison Ashworth delivered a key point for Polk at No. 6 singles, winning a tiebreaker with Julian Bolin Santiago to provide a vital team point.

Polk County will immediately return to the road on Wednesday, traveling to Elkin to face the defending state champion Buckin’ Elks. That match is set for 4 p.m.

SINGLES
1. Banks Barber (PC) d. Lucas Maynor 6-1, 6-1; 2. Riley Ballentine (PC) d. Viktor Stiller 6-4, 6-1; 3. Charlie Jackson (PC) d. Wesley Plyler 6-4, 6-2; 4. William Baumann (GSD) d. McClain Koistinen 6-2, 6-1; 5. Maxwell Foote (GSD) d. David Amitrano 1-6, 6-3, 11-9 tiebreaker; 6. Harrison Ashworth (PC) d. Julian Bolin Santiago 6-1, 5-7, 10-5 tiebreaker.

DOUBLES
1. Barber-Ballentine (PC) d. Maynor-Plyler 8-4.