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East Surry senior Haley Manuel hits a backhand during singles play with North Surry. Manuel won in singles and doubles.
East Surry senior Haley Manuel hits a backhand during singles play with North Surry. Manuel won in singles and doubles.
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East Surry topped rival North Surry 8-1 in tennis Wednesday.

The Lady Cardinals improved to 2-0 while the Lady Greyhounds dropped their first match of the season.

The Cards won all six singles matches in straight sets, then took two out of three doubles matches.

East whipped Winston-Salem Prep 9-0 on Tuesday. While the team score was one-sided against North, the matches individually were a lot closer.

“I thought we did pretty well today,” said East coach David Kidd. “We had a lot more competition than the first match.”

The mercury hovered around 87 degrees in the shade and hotter on the hardcourt surface at the start of the match.

“It was a challenge today. … It was really hot out there,” he said.

Kidd said his team could use some more practice in doubles, but otherwise he was happy.

The Cardinals lost just one senior from last year’s team, Brooke Tickle, and has just one senior this season in Haley Manuel.

Haley uses good angles, pushing balls deep into the corners, said Kidd, and her sister Makayla, a sophomore, does a good job of that, too.

Top seed Tiffany King, a junior, is a strategist with a strong tennis mind who thinks out her shots.

Third seed Allie Hawks, a junior, can be a big hitter when she swings under control.

The Cards’ top four all return from last year. At five and six are Kayla Keener and Klaudia Tucker.

Keener played on the middle school team, but her family moved away so she wasn’t at East last year, explained Kidd.

Tucker was the top seed at Pilot Mountain Middle in the eighth grade, but didn’t play as a freshman so she could be a cheerleader. Now she is back in tennis as a sophomore and shows good court coverage.

For North Surry, the Hounds lost their top two players, Sarah Glasco and Abby Lawson, to graduation, and Hannah Southern moved away. However, the team picked up the Blackburn sisters.

Harriette Jane Blackburn played for North Surry two years, but didn’t play for the team last season. She has returned this season, taking over the top spot and bringing along sister Kelly, who played on Court Three.

Taylor Tickle was a newcomer to tennis last season, but has grown from sixth seed to second this year.

At the fourth spot was Bailey Atkins, Rebecca Parsons played at five and Cassidy Willard, who played a lot in doubles last year, is the sixth seed.

In singles, King beat the older Blackburn 6-2, 6-2. Haley Manuel beat Tickle 6-1, 6-2. Allie Hawks topped Kelly Blackburn 6-0, 6-3.

Makayla Manuel won 6-1, 6-2 over Atkins. Keener beat Parsons 6-1, 6-4. Tucker beat Willard 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles, the Blackburn girls won 8-1 over King and Keener for North’s one team point.

The Manuel girls won 8-2 over Tickle and Parsons. Hawks/Tucker beat Atkins/Willard 8-2.

These two teams play again in Pilot Mountain on Monday.

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