Surry Central maintained its control of first place in the Western Piedmont Conference with an 8-1 win over North Surry Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles won five of six singles matches and all three doubles matches.
Central Coach Dennis Miller said he was pretty pleased with his team, and he liked how they moved around the court. The players weren’t letting shots bounce twice, he noted.
Highlighting the match were two tight contests at the first two courts.
North’s Sarah Glasco took a 6-2 first set on Court One over Marlee Wilmoth.
Even though Marlee lost that set, Miller was happy with how she chased down balls and made Glasco work.
That tenacity paid off in the second set as Wilmoth began to force Glasco into trying hard winners. Wilmoth came back to take the second set 6-2.
Dropping the first set and coming back like that is hard to do mentally, said Miller.
Sarah got a bit frustrated, but she regained her cool and played well in the 10-point tiebreaker, said North Coach Maggie McKee.
Glasco took an early lead and kept up the pressure for a 10-4 set.
McKee said she believed Sarah learned some valuable lessons from this match.
A mirror image of the first match took place on Court Two.
Central’s Kennedy Dockery took the first set, then North’s Abby Lawson came back in the second before Dockery pulled out the win.
Dockery dominated the first set 6-0.
McKee said she was busy moving along the fence, speaking to her team. She knew the first set didn’t go well, but by the next time she came back up, Lawson was winning the second set 4-1. Lawson eventually won 6-3 to force the third set.
There was a total change from the first set to the second, said Miller. Coming back after that was a hard move to pull off.
Dockery took the tiebreaker 10-5, splitting the top two seeds.
“Momentum is a huge part of tennis, if you don’t have it, it hurts,” Miller said.
Central won the bottom four courts.
Sommer Chilton beat Rebecca Parsons 6-3, 6-1. Mikayla Cox swept Hannah Southern 6-0, 6-0.
Cassie Hoge won 6-1, 6-3 over Taylor Tickle. Mallory Wilmoth won 6-1, 6-1 over Bailey Atkins.
The Eagles then won all three doubles matches by scores of 8-2, 8-1, 8-1.
McKee said the Hounds have some work to do yet in doubles. A young team, some of these players are still learning how to be in the right place at the right time. It isn’t as intuitive as playing singles.
She said she would run the girls through some doubles drills today before Thursday’s match at South Stokes.
Miller said he has the Eagles practice doubles a lot, and most of the starters have played together a long time.
The Eagles travel to Forbush Thursday, then next week they have matches with West Stokes, Mount Airy and a double-header with Carver.
North Surry lost 5-4 to South Stokes, so the Hounds are eager to show how they have improved since that time.