KING — Surry Central’s two doubles teams finished second and fourth in the Western Piedmont Conference Tournament Monday.
Unlike singles, the doubles tournament took place all in one day. West Stokes took first and third places.
All four doubles teams have qualified for the 2A regional tournament a week from Friday in Lexington.
North Surry’s Cameron Shore and Mason Taylor won a match 8-6 against Forbush, but then lost to the eventual champions, Andrew Holmes and Sam Elter, West Stokes, 6-1, 6-0.
Central’s Kirk Needham and Weston Mosley were next to fall to Holmes/Elter, 6-0, 6-0.
Wilmoth and Day beat Ethan Elliott and Frank Sells 6-1, 6-2 in the other semifinal.
Holmes and Elter were sharp all day and beat Wilmoth and Day 6-3, 6-3.
In the third-place match, Needham and Mosley were up 5-4 before Elliott and Sells won three straight games to take the set.
The second set also was close, but West Stokes won 6-4.
Needham missed some matches recently with a right arm injury. He played, but wasn’t able to raise his arm high for serves and overhead slams.
“He’s struggling,” admitted Central coach Mark Parsons. “You can tell his arm isn’t back to normal.”
Because of injuries and other problems, the Eagles haven’t had a lot of time together in doubles, the coach said.
Wilmoth and Day have been a tough doubles team throughout their four years, but they have only played together in about 70 percent of the team’s matches, he said. Kirk and Weston have had even fewer matches together than that.
Still, they put together some great efforts and qualified for the regional, which is even tougher now that the 2A conference has increased from three teams to five this year, he noted.
“You can tell that these guys want to do well, and they are willing to put in the work to get better,” he said, but with many of them playing three sports, the bodies start to wear down after a while.
Of his two singles players who lost, Parsons said he was proud of the effort given by two sophomores. Tanner Mears and Zach Cochran lost to people who are going to regional, and they still managed to pull out a few wins in each set, he noted.
Tanner and Zach Cochran weren’t in the top six last year, but they have played well and give the Eagles a bright future, the coach believed.