North Surry showed it wants to contend for the conference tennis title with a 9-0 sweep of South Stokes on Thursday.
The Greyhounds took their first Western Piedmont Conference match by winning every set in singles and doubles.
The Hounds were supposed to play their first league date with Surry Central earlier in the week, but rain postponed that to today.
Considering how well Central played last season, and the fact that the top three players are returning starters, then the Eagles have to be considered the favorites this season, said North coach Drew Belton.
However, the Hounds are out to prove they deserve consideration in that argument after Thursday’s win. Now they look to challenge the Eagles on the road.
South Stokes was missing a couple of starters, Belton said, so the Sauras had some inexperience at the bottom of the lineup.
The Hounds are pretty young themselves, but Belton noted that the new starters like Elijah Bryant had a chance to practice with the team and play scrimmage matches last year.
On Court One, North’s Samuel Holder defeated Thomas Carroll 6-1, 6-2
Corbin Willard swept Drew Hicks 6-0, 6-0.
“Corbin played one of his better matches,” said Belton. Willard has been dealing with some aches and pains, but from the way he played in this match, the coach hopes the young man has turned the corner.
On Court Three, Alex Jones beat Dylan Price 6-1, 6-0. Bryant swept Blake Bullins 6-0, 6-0.
Cameron Shore defeated Seth Boeglin 6-0, 6-1. Mason Taylor beat Dylan King 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, Holder and Willard won 8-0 over Carroll/Hicks.
Bryant and Taylor fell behind 1-3 or 1-4 before getting hot, Belton said. The pair won 8-4 over Bullins/Boeglin.
Jones and Austin York defeated King and Cameron Denny 8-1.
Austin York didn’t appear nervous in his first match, the coach noted. For a freshman, Austin shows tennis savvy and knows what he’s supposed to do out there. He will likely get more chances to gain experience in both singles and doubles play.
South Stokes has a lot of potential, Belton believed. But, a young team is hindered more by missing practice time due to the weather.