The Lady Bears locked up the conference title with a sweep of North Surry Thursday.
Mount Airy’s tennis team is 12-0 with just two conference matches left. Bishop McGuinness has just two losses, but since the Bears already have beaten the Villains twice, Bishop cannot win the title even if the Bears lost their last two.
The Bears didn’t look beatable on Thursday.
Mount Airy’s Davi Barbour defeated Harriette Blackburn 6-2, 6-1. The other five singles matches were won by a combined 60-1.
Haley Thomas won her fourth-seed match with Lakin East 6-0, 6-0 in about 25 minutes.
Carley VanHoy was close behind with her 6-0, 6-0 win over Katie Chandler.
Fifth seed Bree Hughes was the next to finish after sweeping Jazzmyn Pugh 6-0, 6-0.
Jordan Jackson won the top spot 6-0, 6-0 over Sarah Glasco.
Then Jade Hughes finished her win over Chainey Kuykendall 6-0, 6-1.
Barbour and Blackburn were the last to finish. Blackburn actually took a 2-1 lead, but then Barbour went 11-1 the rest of the way.
In doubles play, Jackson and Bree Hughes beat Blackburn and Kuykendall 8-0.
Barbour and Thomas defeated Glasco and Abby Lawson 8-2.
Jade Hughes and Carley VanHoy won 8-0 over East and Pugh.
Thomas is now 17-0 this season as the fourth seed. She finished the regular season last year with an undefeated record in singles as a sixth seed. Her only singles loss in two years on the team came in the state championship match last fall.
On Monday, she will have a chance to avenge a loss from a preseason match when the Bears play at Salisbury.
The Lady Hornets swept the Bears in August. Thomas was up 3-2 before Sallie Kate Meyerhoeffer pulled away for a 6-4, 6-2 win.
After Salisbury, the Bears travel to Surry Central on Tuesday.
North Surry goes to West Stokes on Tuesday, then hosts Bishop McGuinness on Thursday.
Reach Jeff Linville at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 719-1920.