The Mount Airy and Surry Central girls’ tennis teams were locked in a tight contest as the singles’ portion of the affair began to wind down, but the Granite Bears quickly pulled away.
Leading 2-1, Mount Airy (3-0) won the final three singles’ competitions to stretch its lead over the Golden Eagles (0-2) to 5-1 and clinch the match. Two out of those three final matches were decided by a tiebreak.
Mount Airy ended up winning by a final count of 6-2. The top-seeded doubles’ match-up was forced to end early because of rain.
The closest match of the afternoon was between three-seeds Coleman Craddock and Hope Hinson. Craddock lost the first set and was behind 3-0 in the second before she rallied.
The senior won the second set 6-3 and finished Hinson off in the tie break with a final score of 10-7 to remain undefeated on the season.
“Coach Pell always tells us you got to do something different,” Craddock said. “So that’s what I did. I started to slice a lot because (Hinson) was killing me on the forehand. I couldn’t just hit it back to her because she has a killer forehand, so I had to play some junk.”
Lauren Brintle, Craddock’s doubles partner and number-one seed at Mount Airy, also stayed unbeaten on Wednesday defeating Sommer Chilton 6-3, 6-2. Brintle stays in every point and just waits for her opponent to commit an unforced error.
“I’m not trying to kill it,” Brintle said. “I’m just trying to return it to them, keep it consistent and let them make the mistake. A lot of them want to hit winners, and they end up hitting it out because they get frustrated.”
Like Brintle, Elizabeth Marion is off to a torrid start and she has not lost a match in 2015. She cruised on Wednesday, defeating Mallory Wilmoth 6-0, 6-0. Marion has won 36 of her 37 singles’ games this season.
She also is sizzling in the doubles’ department. Marion and her teammate, Maya Hicks, are 3-0 as a team and the two won on Wednesday 8-1.
Six-seed Hannah Pardue provided the Golden Eagles with their lone singles’ victory. Pardue squared off against fellow freshman Carleigh Lovill, winning the match 6-1, 6-0.
Pardue was also a member of the Surry Central doubles’ team that registered the Gold Eagles other win. She paired up with Sarah Wyble and easily notched an 8-0 victory.
Mount Airy won its third match in three days on Wednesday, but the Granite Bears will get a slight breather before their next match Monday at East Wilkes.
Surry Central’s next time in action will be Sept. 8 at home against Forbush.
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