PILOT MOUNTAIN — North Surry defeated East Surry 9-0 in Monday’s tennis action.
The Greyhounds didn’t drop a set in singles and had the team win clinched before the start of doubles.
North junior Corbin Willard got the start at the top spot and defeated Daniel Hancock 6-4, 6-2.
Samuel Holder dropped down to the second seed and beat Dan Moore 6-1, 6-0.
Alex Jones defeated Aaron Sigmon 6-1, 6-0. Elijah Bryant won 6-2, 6-0 over Lucas Bonilla.
Cameron Shore swept Trevor Lowe 6-0, 6-0. Mason Taylor won 6-1, 6-1 over Ben Ruedisueli.
Willard and Holder took the top doubles match against Hancock and Moore 8-1.
Jones and Shore won 8-4 against Sigmon and John Marion.
Bryant and Taylor topped Lowe and Ruedisueli 8-2.
Monday’s match featured a lot of inexperience as two-thirds of the 12 singles players weren’t regular starters last year.
Slots four through six don’t have much court time between, admitted North head coach Drew Belton. This is Cameron’s first year on the tennis team, so it was nice for him to get his first-ever win.
“I thought we played very hard,” said Belton. “We were lucky to have a good start.” Jumping out to an early lead seemed to help take the pressure off the younger guys, he believed.
Getting good play out of the middle and lower sections of the lineup is essential to picking up team wins, said Belton, who was part of some very successful Mount Airy teams in his own playing days.
In doubles, Bryant showed off a powerful serve, getting several aces, including three in a row to win one game.
Elijah has always been a good ball striker, said Belton. Then he put in plenty of time this offseason, including attending a couple of camps, so that he could be a good contributor.
After losing 9-0 to Mount Airy, Belton was happy to see his team sweep the Cards.
The Hounds have only been outside on the courts four or five days total this season, he said. The North Surry courts are shaded by surrounding trees, and the snow and ice just haven’t wanted to melt.
If weather permits, the Hounds will host Mount Airy on Wednesday. Then they play three straight days next week, including the start of conference play for the Western Piedmont (with Surry Central).
East Surry travels to Walkertown today for a Northwest Conference match, then hosts Atkins on Thursday.