Granite Bear netters top Golden Eagles 7-2

Jeff Linville

March 13, 2014

DOBSON — Mount Airy bounced back from its first loss to defeat Surry Central 7-2 Thursday.

The Granite Bears fell to Bishop McGuinness earlier in the week, but improved to 5-1 with a nonconference win over the Golden Eagles.

The Bears took five of six singles matches, then won two of the three doubles matches.

Central’s Kirk Needham was responsible for both points as he won his singles match and then partnered with Weston Mosley for a doubles victory.

Because of the extreme wind-chill factor, the coaches agreed to play eight-game pro sets instead of two six-game sets.

Mount Airy’s Mitch Kessler remained perfect in singles play with an 8-0 win over Zach Wilmoth.

Teammate Justin Leonard made it 2-0 with an 8-4 win over Trent Day.

The match was close at 4-3 before Justin pulled away, noted Bear coach Rodney Pell.

Then Gentry Williamson increased the lead to 3-0 with an 8-1 win over Tanner Mears.

Needham got the Eagles on the board with an 8-4 victory over Jack Marion.

Mount Airy’s Will Sparks went up 7-2 before Mosley won three straight games to make it a tight match. Sparks won the next game to give Mount Airy a 4-1 lead.

Central’s Andrew Hegler, who plays football and swimming, went up 5-2 and was a game from winning at 7-6 before Hunt Harrison won two games in a row to go up 8-7.

Originally the coaches had decided to have the matches decided by two games, but when Hegler and Harrison were tied at 8-all and seemed so evenly matched, the coaches chose to have the two play a seven-point tiebreaker.

Hegler went up 3-1, but Harrison took the next three to go ahead and won 7-5 to clinch the team win for the Bears.

In doubles, Kessler and Leonard finished quickly, beating Wilmoth and Day 8-0.

Needham and Mosley gave the Eagles a point with an 8-5 win over Marion and Williamson.

The freshman duo of Sparks and Harrison went up 6-1 and finished 8-5 to improve to 6-0 together.

Mount Airy travels to North Surry today to play a match postponed from Wednesday.

Surry Central hosts the Greyhounds on Tuesday.