ASHEVILLE – Asheville High tennis players and their families got together last week to reflect on the past season.
The Cougars had a lot to talk about.
Asheville went 17-2 and won just its second-ever regional championship in the NCHSAA 3-A girls dual team playoffs. And sophomore Adrienne Haynes was at the forefront of it all — the 3-A state champion in singles went 23-0 and her doubles record was also a flawless 9-0.
Haynes is the Citizen-Times All-WNC Girls Tennis Player of the Year for a second time.
“Adrienne is such a dedicated person who works tremendously hard,” Cougars coach Erin Mosher said. “It paid off in her accomplishments. She is a great role model for the other girls and encourages them to push themselves. They gave extra effort because they saw what Adrienne gave to the team.”
Haynes won many of her local matches with ease.
She repeated as the Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year and scraped past Wilson Hunt’s Taylor Love in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-4) to capture her first NCHSAA championship on Oct. 25 in Burlington.
The Cougars will lose only two of their top-six singles players to graduation — Sena Mucklow (No. 2) and Jamie Waggoner (No. 5).
And the NCHSAA recently granted dual team state champion Cardinal-Gibbons’ request to move up to 4-A effective next school year. The Crusaders downed Asheville, 5-1, on Nov. 1.
“We had our team celebration last week and it was great to all get back together and celebrate the accolades,” Mosher said. “Unfortunately with the offseason, I won’t see them as much. But they have all been encouraged to hit balls and work on their game. We’re excited about the future.”