EAST BEND — Round two was a little closer, but the outcome was the same.
Mount Airy’s tennis team made its return trip to Forbush on Wednesday afternoon, and while the second-place team in the Western Piedmont 2A was more competitive in the rematch, the Lady Bears downed the Falcons 8-1 and improved their season record to 9-5 overall.
Forbush (7-7 overall), which was coming off two losses to WPAC leader Surry Central on the previous two days, averted its third straight shutout loss when Lindsay Ray pulled out a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Mount Airy’s Ashtyn Myers at No. 4 singles. Several of the other singles matches were competitive, but the Lady Bears, who are still ranked in the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches Association top 10 despite five losses to other ranked teams, won them all.
Mount Airy’s 1-2 punch of Elizabeth and Meredith Marion got the visitors off to a good start by taking the first two singles to wrap up. Top-seeded Elizabeth beat Alyssa Southern 6-1, 6-0, and then Meredith finished a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Stephanie Swain.
The next match to be completed was at No. 5 singles, where Forbush’s Mollie Henninger made a much better showing against the Lady Bears’ Anna Kate Tucker than she had last week. Henninger, who lost by a double bagel last time, held Tucker to a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the rematch. In fact, she won two of the first three games before Tucker bounced back.
Olivia Perkins won the No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-4 over Megan Smith, and at sixth singles, Olivia Malone won the first five games of her match against Rachel Dixon. Dixon played the rest of the match on even terms, but still lost 6-3, 6-4.
That left Myers and Ray as the only players still on the court. The Lady Bear sophomore had won last week’s meeting and lost just three games in the process, but Ray played much better on her homecourt. She won the first three games of set one and cruised from there. In set two, Myers lost her opening serve and then was broken at 3-3, dropping the match 6-2, 6-3.
The team win was already decided when Malone won, but the teams still played the doubles matches. The Marions won the No. 1 doubles 8-1 over Southern and Swain to get that under way. At No. 2, Perkins and Malone stayed unbeaten this season with a shutout of Forbush’s Monlea George and Abigail Lydick. The third singles saw the Lady Bears’ Myers and Tucker beat Elei Ayers and Mattie Moxley 8-3 by winning the last four games in a row.
Mount Airy will host North Stokes today.