High wins WHC tennis championship

Published 2:56 pm Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Wolverines finished the season with a record of 13-5, which leaves them one game behind second place Owen in the Western Highlands Conference. Hendersonville won the regular season title.

But no player in the WHC was more dominant than Polk&squo;s High, who won 15 of 18 total matches and finished his career with 29 wins as a No. 1 seed. His overall career mark is 45-15. He is the sole representative from the conference in Friday&squo;s regionals, which will be held in Elkin.

&dquo;This is the third year I&squo;ve been able to work with Zach, and he has continued to improve his game,&dquo; said Polk coach Richard Davis.

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&dquo;He is an inspiration to a lot of the other players, and he&squo;s been the measuring stick for this team, and, for the last couple of years, the conference,&dquo; said Davis.

High won the conference crown last season before advancing through regionals and making an appearance in the state championships. He fell in the first round to the top seed 6-4, 6-4, but is likely to be ranked higher this time around, if he can win at least twice during regionals.

High, who is a graduating senior, will play at Mars Hill College next year.

He and Michael Guffey

are the only seniors on this year&squo;s team.