Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
September 13, 2013
DOBSON — Surry Central swept singles play for an easy 8-1 win over South Stokes Thursday.
The Lady Eagles improved to 7-0 and 3-0 in the newly formed Western Piedmont Conference.
Top seed Marlee Wilmoth and third seed Sommer Chilton went through their matches fairly quickly, while Mikayla Cox and Mallory Wilmoth needed extra time to pull out wins.
Marlee Wilmoth beat Jenny Glidewell 6-1, 6-0. Second seed Kennedy Dockery beat Taylor Evans 6-0, 6-4.
Chilton downed Julie Linville 6-0, 6-2.
At the fourth spot, Cox won the first set 6-4, but Kaitlyn Denny came back to take the third 4-6.
In the third-set tiebreaker, Denny went up 6-3 in the 10-point format.
Cox came back quickly, taking five of six points for an 8-7 lead.
From there, the two swapped points back and forth until Cox pulled out a 12-10 win.
That clinched the singles sweep as fifth seed Cassie Hoge and sixth seed Mallory Wilmoth already had finished, too.
Hoge beat Kristen Denny 6-2, 6-1. Mallory Wilmoth beat Jenny Smith 6-3, 6-1 in a match that went much longer than the score would imply.
Speaking of Cox’s big finish, Coach Dennis Miller said, “Mikayla kept working, and she finally pulled that tiebreaker out.”
She can do a great job of placing shots, but she has a tendency to get down on herself after a bad hit, he said. When she got some momentum going, she played very well.
Since the Eagles had secured the team win, Miller decided to rest his top two doubles teams, while South Stokes kept its lineup intact.
That meant Central’s third doubles team played on Court One with the Lady Sauras’ best.
Despite the heavy odds, Mallory Wilmoth and Olivia Fowler beat Glidewell and Kaitlyn Denny 8-4.
“They really played well tonight,” Miller said of the doubles team.
Hoge and Madison White played Evans/Linville and came up short, 4-8.
Stephanie Boone and Hope Hinson played Kristen Denny and Nora Skinner and won 8-4.
Central travels to North Surry on Tuesday, then goes to Forbush on Thursday.