DOBSON — Surry Central downed North Surry 7-2 in tennis Friday.
While the conference season is just beginning, the Golden Eagles look to be in the driver’s seat after one-sided wins over Forbush and North Surry.
Central coach Mark Parsons isn’t buying that his team is in control.
North Surry has a lot of young talent and is always battling for the upper echelon of the 2A play, so don’t count the Greyhounds out yet, Parsons said.
The final was 7-2, but almost every match was close, the coach noted. Two players had to pull out tiebreakers, and another had to make a furious rally to avoid going to a tiebreaker.
The players showed a lot of character to bounce back after a bad set, he said.
Central top seed Zach Wilmoth won the first set 6-3, then North’s Samuel Holder matched that with a 6-3 set. Then Wilmoth rebounded with a 10-5 third set.
On Court Four, North’s Elijah Bryant took the first set 6-4, but Weston Mosley took the second set 6-1 and then the tiebreaker 10-4.
For the fifth seeds, Central’s Tanner Mears won 6-3 in the first set, but Mason Taylor jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. Just one game from dropping a set, Mears won six straight games for a 7-5 win.
North got its lone singles win on the second court with Corbin Willard over Trent Day 6-2, 6-3.
Third seed Kirk Needham beat Alex Jones 6-0, 6-1, and Andrew Hegler beat Austin York 6-1, 6-1 as the Eagles clinched the team win before starting doubles.
With Wilmoth having to leave early for a wedding, the Eagles shuffled their doubles lineups, but still took two of three.
North’s Holder and Willard won 8-2 against Needham and Mosley.
Central’s Mears and Hegler beat Bryant and Taylor 8-4. Day and Jose Montero beat Jones and York 8-4.
There is a long way to go in the season, and the boys have a lot of improving left to do, he said. If the Eagles worry about improving themselves, then making the playoffs will take care of itself.
On Monday, the Eagles travel to West Stokes for another conference match. The Hounds host East Wilkes Monday, weather permitting.