DOBSON —Surry Central beat Forbush and North Forsyth handily as they prepare for today’s match against West Stokes.
The Wildcats beat the Eagles in the first meeting, the only loss for Surry Central in Western Piedmont Conference play.
If the Eagles could defeat West Stokes, the team could tie for the lead.
And West Stokes still has a match left against an improving North Surry team in third place. If the Greyhounds could pull out a win, the Eagles would take the crown outright.
The Eagles swept Forbush 9-0 on the road on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, they won a nonconference match 6-3 against the Vikings.
Coach Mark Parsons said he was disappointed that his team didn’t play as well as he had expected.
That can be expected, though, because the Eagles swept the Vikings in their first meeting, he pointed out. And, this was a nonconference match between two conference opponents, so the guys didn’t come out as prepared as they should have.
Zach Wilmoth beat Huan Tran 8-4 in an eight-game pro set.
Trent Day beat Christian Basilio 8-1. Day played up a spot for Kirk Needham.
Kirk gave blood last week before the North Surry match, said Parsons. After playing singles with North, his arm was sore, so he sat out doubles. A big bruise developed on Needham’s arm, so the coach sat him against North Forsyth, too.
By the end of his singles match, however, Day’s wrist was hurting him, so he sat out doubles, putting the squad two players down.
The Vikings picked up wins on Courts Three and Four. Weston Mosley lost to Conner Swift 8-3, and Tanner Mears fell to Brandin Caldwell 8-3.
Fifth seed Zach Cochran beat David Thompson 8-1, and Andrew Hegler beat Trey Dowell 8-2 to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead going into doubles.
Parsons had to juggle his lineup with Needham and Day out, but needed just one win to clinch the team victory.
Wilmoth and Mosley won 8-3, and Cochran and Hegler won 8-5 to put the match away.
Mears and Jose Montero lost 8-5 in three doubles.
The Eagles improved to 7-5 overall and 5-1 in the league. Today’s match with West Stokes will be Senior Night for Wilmoth and Day.