KING — East Surry’s tennis team swept West Stokes 9-0 a day after battling to a tough 5-4 win over North Stokes.
Tuesday’s win was the Lady Cardinals first over North Stokes in several years and took strong efforts from several players.
The match was tied 3-3 after singles, but it was nearly 2-4 as the Vikings’ Brittany Brown seemed to be gaining momentum on Court Two.
Haley Manuel won the first set handily at 6-1, but Brown battled back to take the second set 7-5.
The two blasted balls back and forth throughout the tiebreaker before Manuel prevailed 11-9.
Top seed Tiffany King earned East’s first point with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Miranda Hammond.
Fifth seed Kayla Keener got the second point with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Hannah Mabe. Kayla was trailing 4-1 in the first set and won five straight games, pointed out coach David Kidd.
North Stokes got its points on courts three, four and six.
Allie Hawks fell to Nicole Foley 6-2, 6-0. Mikayla Manuel lost to Abby Williams 6-3, 6-1. Klaudia Tucker lost to Emily Myers 6-4, 6-2.
Give Allie and Klaudia a lot of credit for putting those losses behind them so they could focus on doubles, noted Kidd.
Hawks and Tucker won their match on Court Three 10-5 over Williams/Mabe. That was the clinching point after the Manuel sisters had won 10-2 over Foley and Myers.
That was the best Haley and Mikayla have ever played together, said the coach.
Kidd said he was not sure what happened on Court One as King and Keener lost 10-8 to Hammond/Brown. Tiffany and Kayla were up 8-5 and lost five straight games, he said.
Last year a match with North Stokes came down to doubles, and the Vikings pulled it out, said Kidd, so he was glad to see that turned around this time.
Rather than suffer a letdown, the Cards made short work of the Lady Wildcats in King Wednesday.
King defeated Abbey Emmerson 6-1, 6-1. Haley Manuel beat Erin Kye 6-0, 6-0. Hawks topped Lauren Palmer 6-2, 6-0.
Mikayla Manuel swept Anna Brown 6-0, 6-0. Keener beat Catherine Nachand 6-1, 6-0. Tucker beat Stephanie Henry 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles, King and Keener beat Emerson/Kye 8-3. The Manuels blanked Palmer/Nachand 8-0. Hawks and Tucker beat Brown/Henry 8-0.
The Cards wrap up their week by hosting winless Walkertown today.