Polk County senior Rustin Muse earned one of Polk County’s five singles wins on Thursday.

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.

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.

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