PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry fell to Atkins 6-3 in Northwest Conference tennis action.
The Cardinals dropped the first set in all six singles matches, but four players turned things around in the second set and made things interesting.
The wind was blowing the ball all over the court, said East coach Brandon Cook. The players adjusted and kept the matches going for a long time.
At the top spot, Atkins’ Dillon Jennings took the first set pretty easily over Daniel Hancock 6-2, Cook noted. However, Hancock came back and tied the second set at 6-6.
Daniel nearly forced a third set, but Jennings pulled out the tiebreaker 8-6, the coach said.
A day after resigning from illness, Dan Moore went back out on the court and kept his match close for a set before losing 4-6, 2-6 to Josh Woodard.
At the third spot, East’s Aaron Sigmon came just short in both sets, falling to Alex Varsik 4-6, 5-7.
Lucas Bonilla wasn’t able to keep things close in the first set, but played much better in the second in losing to Zach Solomon 1-6, 4-6.
Fifth seed Ben Ruediselli had a sore wrist, but played through it, said Cook. He lost the first set 3-6, but then bounced back to take the second set 6-4.
Ben actually jumped out to a 5-0 start in that set before Johnathan Grobbs cut it closer, said the coach.
Ruediselli took the third-set tiebreaker 7-5 to earn his first career singles win.
At the sixth spot, John Marion came up a little short to Jared Solomon 4-6, 3-6.
Like the Walkertown match earlier in the week, the Cards came back with a strong showing in doubles.
They won the second and third spots in eight-game pro sets, while the first seeds played a regular six-game set as the day grew shorter.
Moore and Ruediselli swept Varsik and Ryan Holmes 8-0.
Sigmon and Marion defeated Braxton Hawkins and Jared Solomon 8-4.
Hancock and Bonilla fell to Jennings/Woodard 4-6.
The Cards will travel to North Surry Wednesday, then host conference leader Bishop McGuinness on Thursday.