First Posted: 3/23/2015
EAST BEND — Surry Central swept singles and beat Forbush 8-1 in Monday’s conference match.
The Golden Eagles evened their season record at 2-2 and improved to 2-0 in the Western Piedmont Conference. Central defeated rival North Surry 6-3 last week.
Last year, the Eagles dominated the Falcons in two matches, but head coach Mark Parsons said Forbush is much improved since then.
Yes, the Eagles won decidedly, but every player had to work hard to earn his win, he said.
In fact, not a single set went 6-0 this time.
Top seed Zach Cochran beat Winston Fleming 6-3, 6-3. Second seed Kirk Needham beat Yannis El Abbouni 6-2, 6-3. Third seed Jose Montero beat Tyler Upchurch 6-3, 6-1.
Fourth seed Tanner Mears had the hardest battle, beating Avery Adams in a third-set tiebreaker 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
Cole Leonard topped Lance Kennedy 6-1, 6-1. Weston Mosley beat Jonathan Bowman 7-5, 6-2.
Leonard has played baseball in the past, but came out for tennis this year, said Parsons, who was pleasantly surprised.
Leonard, who also plays basketball, has good athleticism and provides great depth so that Central is solid from one to six.
In doubles, Cochran and Montero won 8-4 over Fleming/El Abbouni.
Needham and Mosley won 8-2 over Upchurch/Adams.
At the third doubles spot, Mears and Leonard played together for the first time and narrowly lost 9-7 to Kennedy/Bowman.
The Eagles are back in action today, hosting WPAC opponent West Stokes at 4:30 p.m.