PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry Lady Cards bounced back from their first loss to a 1A team in convincing fashion. The Cards’ first two losses of the season came at the hands of the 2A powerhouse Surry Central. East Surry’s 6-3 loss to Bishop McGuinness on September 26 devastated the ladies and they needed someone to release their anger on. Scheduling gave South Stokes the right to be the Cardinals’ punching bag in 9-0 victory for East Surry.
Sarah Mann and Carson Payne swept South Stokes’ Katelyn Tow and Harmony Templan in the third- and fourth-seeded singles matches, respectively. Second seed Abigail Martin only ceded one game to Hannah Fisher of the Sauras in the first set before winning the second set 6-0. Haley Gilley defeated Stokes’ Lucy Patterson 6-2 in the first set followed by a 6-0 second-set victory.
East Surry clinched the overall match with a victory in the sixth-seeded singles contest between Cardinal Daphne Dotson and Saura Jillian Padgett. Dotson had some trouble in the first set but pulled away with a 6-2 victory. Dotson gave the Cards their fifth singles win with a second set win by a score of 6-1. Dotson was one of only two Cardinal players to allow a South Stokes player to win a game, the other being Haley Jennelle in the first seeded singles match. Jennelle mirrored Dotson with a 6-2 victory in the first set followed by a 6-1 margin in the second.
The Cardinals second seed doubles squad of Payne and Gilley continued to exert dominance over the visiting Tow and Templan with an 8-0 victory. Jennelle and Mann pulled out a victory in the number one doubles 8-3 after only allowing a combined four games in first and second seeded singles.
Patterson and Ariel Haynes of South Stokes fought tooth and nail with Dotson and Abbie Koons and nearly won the third doubles. A back-and-forth match resulted in a game score of 9-8. Dotson and Koons completed the sweep for the Cardinals with a 7-5 victory in the match tiebreaker.
East Surry improves to 12-3 on the season, 7-1 in conference play. The Cardinals’ final match of the regular season will take place at Mount Airy on Thursday, with a share of the conference title on the line for East.
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