PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry tennis team continued its exciting start to the 2015 year with a 9-0 win over West Stokes on Wednesday.
This was the second 9-0 sweep over the Lady Wildcats, and in total, the Cardinals have won all 23 of their matches to start this tennis season.
The Cardinals have been both dominant and efficient. Senior Tiffany King continues to be a leader on the court for the Cardinals. King made quick work of Lauren Palmer in the one-seed matchup with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
East coach Ashley Powell would like King to go for more winners in her matches, but the coach also noted that King is superb defensively, waiting for her opponent to commit an unforced error.
Equally impressive has been Makayla Keener, East Surry’s second seed. Keener uses her strength and ferocious forehand to blast past her opponents, and on Wednesday she was once again successful with a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Keener fell behind early in the second set, but she quickly brushed that deficit aside.
Keener’s match was actually the closest singles’ competition of the afternoon. Allie Hawks won out of the three-seed spot 6-0, 6-2 against Anna Brown.
Klaudia Tucker also cruised as the four-seed for the Cardinals. The junior defeated Catherine Nachard 6-1, 6-0.
There was only one straight sweep in the singles’ department for East Surry, and that came from fifth-seeded Mikayla Manuel. Haley Jennelle supplied the Cardinals with their final victory in a 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles, King and Keener are forming a formidable pairing and rolled to an 8-0 win on Wednesday.
Hawks and Tucker teamed up to win 8-3 while Manuel and Abigail Martin took their doubles’ match 8-2.
The Cardinals will look to remain undefeated and continue their dominance when they begin their conference slate on Thursday with a home match against Walkertown.
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