Polk sweeps Avery in long-awaited girls tennis opener

Girls tennis season finally arrived Tuesday for Polk County and did so in sweeping fashion.

The Wolverines opened their abbreviated schedule with a 9-0 victory over Avery in a home Western Highlands Conference match.

Normally playing in the fall, Polk County’s season was already pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic. The Wolverines had to further delay the start of their schedule while waiting for girls soccer season to end and also due to assorted quarantines.

Tuesday showed the wait may have been worth it. Polk County easily swept through the day’s matches with Avery winning no more than two games in any match.

Polk County is playing just six WHC matches for its season, and by week’s end will have completed half of those. Mountain Heritage visits Polk on Thursday for a rare tennis doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.

SINGLES
1. Julia Griffin d. Emma Kitchin 10-2; 2. Sara Muse d. Emma Bentley 10-0; 3. Kristen Hall d. Mara Ward 10-0; 4. Ella Waldman d. Mikayla Reed 10-0; 5. Cameron Ward d. Abi Crowe 10-2; 6. Katie Gomez d. Emily Atkins 10-0.

DOUBLES
1. Griffin-Waldman d. Kitchin-Bentley 8-0; 2. Muse-Hall d. Ward-Reed 8-0; 3. Ward-Gomez d. Crowe-Atkins 8-2.

Polk County’s Kristen Hall serves during Tuesday’s doubles matches