Lady Elks jump to third place in MVAC standings

Matthew Gorry Sports Writer

September 19, 2013

ELKIN - After a hard-fought 6-3 non-conference loss to Surry Central last week, the Lady Elks have reeled off three straight dominating victories on the tennis court.

Elkin knocked off rival Starmount in the Battle of the Bridge, 8-1, before blanking Wilkes Central and South Stokes in back-to-back matches.

Payton Nicholson, Miracle Walters, Makayla Dimmette, Ally Gentry and Julie Neumark went unbeaten in singles play during the span, while Emma Aldridge won both of her matches at No. 6. Carolyn Blackburn was victorious in her match while filling in against Starmount.

Elkin’s lone loss in the span came in the final doubles match against the Rams as Starmount’s Quinn Gilliam and Molly Nichols topped Neumark and Aldridge, 9-7, to spoil Elkin’s sweep.

The Elks improved to 8-5 on the season, including a 6-2 mark in Mountain Valley Conference play - good for third place in the standings behind East Wilkes (7-0) and Ashe County (6-1).

Elkin 9, South Stokes 0


1. Payton Nicholson (Elkin) def. Jenny Glidewell (South Stokes) 8-0

2. Miracle Walters (Elkin) def. Taylor Eans (South Stokes) 8-0

3. Makayla Dimmette (Elkin) def. Julie Linville (South Stokes) 8-3

4. Ally Gentry (Elkin) def. Kristen Denny (South Stokes) 8-1

5. Julie Neumark (Elkin) def. Jenny Smith (South Stokes) 8-1

6. Emma Aldridge (Elkin) def. Nora Skinner (South Stokes) 8-2


1. Nicholson/Walters (Elkin) def. Glidewell/Evans (South Stokes) 8-3

2. Dimmette/Gentry (Elkin) def. Linville/Denny (South Stokes) 8-2

3. Neumark/GiGi Kakouras (Elkin) def. Smith/Skinner (South Stokes) 8-2

Elkin 9, Wilkes Central 0


1. Payton Nicholson (Elkin) def. Mary Hollis (Wilkes Central) 6-2, 6-0

2. Miracle Walters (Elkin) def. McKenzie Ingle (Wilkes Central) 6-1, 6-0

3. Makayla Dimmitte (Elkin) def. Marisssa Ingle (Wilkes Central) 7-6 (3), 6-0

4. Ally Gentry (Elkin) def. Brie Roten (Wilkes Central) 6-2, 7-6 (3)

5. Julie Neumark (Elkin) def. Stephanie Shinamor (Wilkes Central) 6-0, 6-2

6. Emma Aldridge (Elkin) def. Rebecca Pendry (Wilkes Central) 6-0, 6-0


1. Nicholson/Walters (Elkin) def. Hollis/Roten (Wilkes Central) 8-1

2. Dimmette/Gentry (Elkin) def. M. Ingle/Mc. Ingle (Wilkes Central) 8-2

3. Neumark/Carolyn Blackburn (Elkin) def. Pendry/Emaleth Myers (Wilkes Central) 8-0

Elkin 8, Starmount 1


1. Payton Nicholson (Elkin) def. Erin York (Starmount) 6-0, 6-1

2. Miracle Walters (Elkin) def. Kristin Nicks (Starmount) 6-0, 6-0

3. Makayla Dimmette (Elkin) def. Madison McLellan (Starmount) 6-4, 7-6 (3)

4. Ally Gentry (Elkin) def. Amber Hurst (Starmount) 6-1, 6-0

5. Julie Neumark (Elkin) def. Quinn Gilliam (Starmount)6-0, 6-4

6. Carolyn Blackburn (Elkin) def. Molly Nichols (Starmount) 6-3, 6-2


1. Nicholson/Walters (Elkin) def. Nicks/McLellan (Starmount) S, 8-1

2. Dimmette/Gentry (Elkin) def. York/Hurst (Starmount) 8-3

3. Gilliam/Nichols (Starmount) def. Neumark/Emma Aldridge (Elkin) 9-7

Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or mgorry@civitasmedia.com.