Five Bears, one Card advance in 1A tennis
Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
Five Mount Airy tennis players and one East Surry player remain alive on the second day of the Northwest Conference Tournament.
Of the eight spots left in the singles and doubles brackets, the Lady Bears have three spots, as do the Lady Villains of Bishop McGuinness. East Surry and North Stokes have one spot each.
The Bears’ two doubles teams played just one match each and won handily.
Top seeds Davi Barbour and Haley Thomas won 6-1, 6-1 over North Stokes’ Myers and Foley.
Thomas said she and Davi were a little rusty because they haven’t been playing together in dual-team play.
Teammates Bree Hughes and Carley VanHoy swept East Surry’ Mikayla Manuel and Sarah Gibson 6-0, 6-0.
Manuel and Gibson had advanced to the quarterfinals after receiving a default from Atkins’ second doubles team.
Jail Daniels had a harder road to the semifinals. The Bear swept Winston-Salem Prep’s Keyla Fleming 6-0, 6-0, but then battled through a lengthy match with East Surry’s Haley Manuel.
Daniels, seeded fifth for the tournament, edged the fourth-seeded Manuel 7-6 (7-5) in the first set, then won the second set 6-3.
Bailey Jackson tried to follow a similar path. She won easily over Atkins’ Nikki Blackburn 6-0, 6-2 and faced a higher-seeded East Surry player.
However, second seed Tiffany King didn’t let the seventh seed pull off any upset, winning 6-4, 6-4.
King is the only Cardinal left. Brooke Tickle and Allie Hawks were upset by Bishop’s Anna Owen and Adaire Hudson 6-0, 6-0. The Bishop pair also swept one of Prep’s doubles teams in the first round.
Barbour and Thomas will take on Owen/Hudson in one semifinal.
The other will feature Hughes and VanHoy against North Stokes’ Mallie Ziglar and Miranda Hammond.
Bishop’s Anna Petrangeli and Nicole Saia blazed through Prep’s Eboni McGill and Jada Boyd 6-0, 6-0.
The Villains were looking for the upset, but Zigler/Hammond won the first set 6-2. Petrangeli/Saia won the second set 6-3, but North Stokes closed the door 6-2.
That was the only close doubles match of the day. In the other five matches, the winning team gave up two or fewer games for the whole day.
In one marathon singles match, North Stokes freshman Abby Williams upset Atkins’ top player, McKenna Mason in three sets that took more than two and a half hours.
Mason won the first set 7-6 (7-4), but Williams bounced back for a 6-4 second set.
Williams was up 5-2 before Mason won three out of four to get closer at 6-5, but Williams took the next game to advance.
In the next match, however, an exhausted Williams faced top seed Kyndall Cortes, Bishop, and lost in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
Cortes takes on Daniels in one semifinal, while King and Morgan Auger, Bishop, face off in the other. Auger defeated North Stokes’ Hannah Mabe 6-2, 6-1.
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