Cameron Ward returns a shot during a recent Polk County match

A veteran Owen squad handed Polk County a 6-3 loss Monday in a Western Highlands Conference girls tennis match in Swannanoa.

The Warhorses built a 4-2 lead after singles, including a tough 11-9 win at No. 6 singles by Frances Holloday, then won two of the three doubles matches to seal the win.

“Very proud of how the girls played against a very experienced Owen team,” said Polk County head coach Richard Davis. “This was only the second high school tennis match that three of the girls have ever played and the first high school match for Belen (Akers).

“I couldn’t have asked for a better performance under those conditions.”

Polk County is scheduled to travel Wednesday to Avery for another WHC match.

1. Julia Griffin (PC) d. Anna Sobol 10-3; 2. Mattie Lehman (O) d. Sara Muse 10-5; 3. Kristen Hall (PC) d. Amara Hollifield 10-6; 4. Bailey Mundy (O) d. Ella Waldman 10-4; 5. Liza Constable (O) d. Cameron Ward 10-6; 6. Frances Holloday (O) d. Belen Akers 11-9.

1. Sobol-Lehman (O) d. Griffin-Waldman 8-4; 2. Muse-Hall (PC) d. Hollifield-Mundy 9-8 (10-8); 3. Constable-Holloday (O) d. Ward-Akers 8-3.