Mount Airy posts tennis shutout over Surry Central

Staff Report

March 26, 2014

Mount Airy improved to 10-1 overall with a 9-0 win over Surry Central on Wednesday in nonconference tennis action.

On March 14, the Bears defeated the Eagles 7-2. Except for Central’s No. 3 doubles team, the Eagles presented a different lineup from the earlier match.

No. 1 Mitch Kessler won the first team point and improved his record to 11-0. He defeated Kirk Needham in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. No. 6 Gentry Williamson remained undefeated (8-0) and earned the second point for the Bears. He beat Andrew Hegler 6-3, 6-2. No. 5 Hunt Harrison put Mount Airy up 3-0 with his 6-3, 6-3 win over Tanner Mears.

No. 2 Justin Leonard fell short 5-7 in the second-set tiebreaker, but took a 4-1 lead in the third tiebreaker and eventually won 6-3, 6-7, 10-4 over Zach Wilmoth.

No. 4 Will Sparks rallied from a 4-1 deficit in his third-set tiebreaker, went ahead 5-4 and pulled away to beat Trent Day 3-6, 6-1, 10-7 to secure the match victory for the Bears. No. 3 Jack Marion built a 5-1 third-set tiebreaker lead to finish 10-4 and beat Weston Mosley to give the Bears a sweep in singles, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4.

In doubles, the Bears never trailed. The No. 1 and No. 2 duos, Kessler-Blake Hensley and Leonard-Sam Brown, pulled away in the middle of the eight-game pro sets. Kessler-Hensley beat Needham-Mosley 8-0 and Leonard-Brown beat Wilmoth-Day 8-3. Also, Sparks-Harrison beat Zach Cochran-Jose Montero 8-2.

“The players responded well to Central’s new lineup,” coach Rodney Pell of Mount Airy said. “The split-set matches were hard-fought contests that went our way.”

On Thursday, the Bears travel to Walkertown for a doubleheader that includes a match postponed from March 18. Surry Central (2-2) goes to North Surry on April 3 for a Western Piedmont 2A match.