HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: FCHS boys win fifth match of season, 6-3 over Bassett

Franklin County’s Matthew Thompson returns a shot from the baseline during a recent match at the Franklin County Recreation Park in Sontag. He and partner Dakota Treadway are undefeated at No. 2 doubles this season.

BASSETT — Franklin County’s boys tennis team used a combination of four wins in singles and two in doubles Tuesday for a 6-3 Piedmont District victory over Bassett.

The Eagles’ victory is their second this season over the Bengals.

Eight-game pro sets were played in singles and doubles.

Winning in singles for FCHS were Matthew Thompson (8-4) at position No. 3, Bram David (8-2) at position No. 4, Kobe Levisy (8-4) at position No. 5 and Stone Gibbs (8-4) at position No. 6

“The bottom of the ladder held serve for us,’’ Eagles head coach Mike Amos said. “Bram, Kobe and Stone all started an finished strong.’’

Thompson trailed 4-3 at one point, then rallied to win five straight games and the match.

“(Matthew) made some changes to his approach on playing the match,’’ Amos said. “Bassett was closing down the middle on net play, and he had to adjust his crossing shots to more straight up the alley or deeper baseline shots.

“This change helped Matt secure the win,’’ Amos said.

In doubles, the teams of Thompson and Dakota Treadway (8-4) at position No. 2 and Levisy and Hayden Tyree (8-1) at position No. 3 were victorious.

Thompson and Treadway are undefeated this season, while Tyree continues to improve, Amos said.

“Hayden is progressing and will be seeing more playing time in doubles,’’ Amos said.

“The team is improving. We are still having trouble valuing the points at key points in the match,’’ Amos said.

Winning for Bassett were James Turner (8-5) at No. 1 singles, Jonathan Mayes (8-4) at No. 2 singles and the duo of Turner and Mayes (8-1) at No. doubles.

Turner’s victory over FCHS’s Chris Turner, the Eagles’ top singles player, is his second this season.

On Wednesday, FCHS shut out Martinsville, 9-0, in a district match.

The Eagles’ triumph is their second this season over the Bulldogs.

FCHS is 5-2 in the Piedmont District, 6-4 overall.

The Eagles’ next match is Monday against Lord Botetourt. The non-district contest begins at 4:30 at the recreation park.

NET CORDS: FCHS’s girls squad dropped a 5-4 Piedmont District decision to Bassett at the Franklin County Recreation Park courts in Sontag Tuesday.

With the win, Bassett avenges a 5-4 loss it suffered to the Eagles at home earlier this season.

Winning in singles for FCHS were Bethany Graham (6-4, 6-2) at position No. 1, McKinleigh Williams (6-3, 7-5) at position No. 2, Peyton Jones (7-5, 6-4) at position No. 5 and Rachel Pasley (6-1, 6-2) at position No. 6.

Jones and Pasley claimed the Eagles’ lone doubles win, 8-0 at position No. 3.

On Wednesday, FCHS blanked Martinsville 9-0 in a Piedmont District match, its second win this season over the Bulldogs.

Martinsville managed to win one game — at No. 1 doubles. Eight-game pro sets were played.

Winning in singles for the Eagles were Graham (8-0), Williams (8-0), Jaedyn Jamison (8-0) at position No. 3, Jocelyn Routt (8-0) at position No. 4, Jones (8-0) and Pasley (8-0).

Winning in doubles were the teams of Graham and Routt (8-1), Williams and Jamison (8-0) and Jones and Katie Rutrough (8-0).

FCHS is 5-2 in the Piedmont District, 7-4 overall.

FCHS’s next match is Monday against Lord Botetourt. The non-district match is set for a 4:30 p.m. start at Hollins University in Roanoke.

FRANKLIN CO. 6

BASSETT 3

BOYS SINGLES

1. J. Turner (B) d. C. Taylor (FC) 8-5

2. J. Mayes (B) d. D. Treadway (FC) 8-4

3. M. Thompson (FC) d. J. Landon (B) 8-4

4. B. David (FC) d. S. Janey (B) 8-2

5. K. Levisy (FC) d. A. Joyce (B) 8-4

6. S. Gibbs (FC) d. M. Wells (B) 8-4

BOYS DOUBLES

1. Turner-Mayes (B) d. Taylor-David (FC) 8-1

2. Treadway-Thompson (FC) d. Landon-Janey (B) 8-4

3. Levisy-H. Tyree (FC) won 8-1

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