DOBSON — Surry Central came up just short in its bid for a share of the Western Piedmont Conference tennis title, falling to West Stokes 7-2 on Thursday afternoon.
Playing on Senior Day, the Eagles needed a win against the conference leading Wildcats to put them in a tie for first place in the standings. Central trailed just 4-2 after singles but lost all three doubles matches by close margins.
“We wanted to send the seniors out on a winning note,” coach Mark Parsons said. “We’ve had a lot of adversity with our No. 2 guy out the last three matches. For the guys to persevere and have good year and compete, I can’t be disappointed. They’ve competed and hung in there. Right now, West Stokes is better than us.”
The Eagles (7-6 overall, 5-2 conference) have two seniors on the team — Zach Wilmoth and Trent Day. Wilmoth fell at No. 1 singles to Andrew Holmes in straight sets, and at No. 2 singles, Day lost to Sam Elter in two sets, forcing a second-set tiebreaker.
“Zach and Trent showed up to practice every day. They worked hard,” Parsons said. “Tennis is not either one of their primary sports, but because they are so athletic and dedicated, they both turned out to be really good tennis players and teammates. I couldn’t be more proud and thankful to have both of those guys in our program. As good an athlete they are, they are even better people.”
Central’s Weston Mosley and Zach Cochran lost their matches in straight sets. Tanner Mears beat Ethan Elliott for Central’s first team point of the day, winning 7-5, 6-1. Andrew Hegler earned a three-set win over Frank Sells, winning 6-2, 4-6, 10-4.
The doubles matches were close, but West Stokes was able to capture all three matches. The Wildcats took both matches from the Eagles this season, winning the earlier meeting 9-0.
“I hate we didn’t win tonight,” Parsons said. “We do not match up well with them team-wise. Kirk was out, and everybody had to come up a spot. But I’m glad we competed and glad we competed in the right way.”
Central closes the regular season at South Stokes on Thursday before the conference tournament gets under way.
West Stokes 7, Surry Central 2
SINGLES: Andrew Holmes (WS) d. Zach Wilmoth 6-1, 6-4; Sam Elter (SC) d. Trent Day 6-1, 7-6; George Blankenship (WS) d. Weston Mosley 6-3, 6-4; Jacob Covington (WS) d. Zach Cochran 6-3, 6-1; Tanner Mears (SC) d. Ethan Elliot 7-5, 6-1; Andrew Hegler (SC) d. Frank Sells 6-2, 4-6, 10-4
DOUBLES: Holmes-Andrew Spainhour (WS) d. Wilmoth-Day 8-4; Elter-Blankenship (WS) d. Mosley-Cochran 8-5; Covington-Sells (WS) d. Mears-Hegler 9-8 (8-6).