Two tennis starters went down with injuries as North Surry lost to East Wilkes 8-1 on Monday.
Top seed Samuel Holder was having tightness in his back as he lost to East’s Dillon Shewe 6-1, 6-3.
Second seed Corbin Willard rolled his ankle over in the second set, but refused to quit.
Coach Drew Belton said Willard went back out after an injury timeout to tape the ankle.
In the first set against Matthew Philley, the two tied at 6-6, but Philley won the tiebreaker 7-1.
Despite the ankle sprain, Willard came back to win the second set 6-4 and then won the tiebreaker 10-6.
Samuel and Corbin would have given it a shot in doubles, noted Belton, but the only way he would have considered it was if the match was tied 3-3. With the Cardinals taking a 5-1 lead, there was nothing to be gained by risking further pain and injury, he concluded.
On Court Three, Alex Jones lost to Landon Osborne 6-1, 6-3.
Fourth Elijah Bryant had a good day in both singles and doubles, Belton said.
Elijah tied with Jeffrey Haynes in the first set 6-6, but lost a tight tiebreaker 8-6, the coach said.
He bounced back to win the second set 6-4 and then pushed Haynes to the limit before falling 11-9 in the third set, according to the coach.
Elijah was actually down 1-4 and came back to take the lead at 9-8 and come within a point of winning, Belton pointed out.
And he didn’t choke at the end, either, he added. Haynes had to take three good points to pull out a win.
With two guys out for doubles, Belton put Bryant and Mason Taylor on Court One against East Wilkes’ best.
Belton said he was really impressed with the effort from Elijah and Mason, who managed to take three games in an 8-3 pro set.
All the players are showing improvement over the course of the season, the coach said.
East Wilkes has plenty of experience back this season, but the Hounds won a fair amount of games, he believed.
Taylor lost to Kyle Rhodes, but managed to take five games in a 6-2, 6-3 match.
Cameron Shore didn’t get blanked by Stone Bauguess in a 6-1, 6-2 loss.
The Hounds play East Surry on Wednesday and Surry Central on Thursday.
If Holder and Willard aren’t feeling well Wednesday, Belton said he might hold them out of the nonconference match to give them another day to recover for the Eagles.