Nelson, E&H off to hot start

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The former Tide standout is 12-2, one of several former area athletes experiencing success in college.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 EMORY -- Matt Nelson didn’t take his time making a good impression at Emory and Henry College.

Nelson, a freshman from Galax, opened the season playing No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Wasps and has already earned an Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the week award after going 4-0 at a tournament at Hilton Head, S.C.  Nelson dropped just seven games in his four singles matches earlier this month, earning player of the week honors by defeating Cliff Goetz of Heidelberg (Ohio) University 6-0, 6-1, Chris Galvin of Penn State-Behrend 6-1, 6-0, Keegan Blancke of Northwestern College 6-1, 6-3 and Arnab Charrabarti of Juniata (Pa.) College 6-2, 6-0. Partnered with Chip Wintringham of Greensboro, Nelson was also 4-0 in doubles play during the trip to Hilton Head. Nelson is currently 12-2 for Emory and Henry, which is enjoying its best start in years. The Wasps were 12-3 as a team after weekend ODAC victories over Randolph College and Lynchburg College. The E&H baseball team is well-stocked with Twin County athletes, including Carroll County’s Jarrod McCombs and Grayson County’s Josh Wingate, Zach Jones, Jesse Blizzard and Jessup Lambert.  Another Galax graduate enjoyed a successful senior season during the winter months. Baylie Snyder averaged 26 minutes for the women’s basketball team and was the Lady Wasps’ second-leading scorer, averaging 12.2 points per contest. Snyder was a 41-percent shooter from the floor this past season, and also averaged 4.2 rebounds. Tyler Houk of Galax and Bo Pollard of Grayson County helped the Emory & Henry football team to a 7-3 record, while also last fall, freshmen Kim Caudill and Jamie Cockerham helped the Wasps volleyball team win 20 matches on the season. Caudill, a Carroll County grad, was second on the team with 203 kills and 79 blocks. Cockerham registered 37 kills, a .942 serve percentage, 23 digs and 11 blocks. Just up the road in Wise, a pair of former Grayson County standouts finished 1-2 in kills for the Highland Cavalier volleyball team. Mikaela Anders accounted for more than one-third of UVa.-Wise’s team kill total, putting away 359 for the year to go with 231 digs and 102 blocks. Fellow sophomore Funk was second on the team with 168 kills.