Bears take two from Falcons


By Jeff Linville - jlinville@civitasmedia.com



Mount Airy’s Maya Hicks keeps her eye on the ball during doubles play.


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The Bears’ Elizabeth Marion puts away a volley for game point during doubles to go up 7-0.


Jeff Linville | The News

Don’t look now, but Mount Airy tennis is quietly rebuilding.

After three straight state titles, the Lady Bears came up one match short of a title shot against Bishop McGuinness in the West Regional last fall. Then the team lost five of the top six players from that squad.

A quarter of the way through the season, how are the Bears doing? A perfect 6-0.

No, the Bears haven’t seen Bishop yet (their first meeting is Sept. 8), but the team did beat East Wilkes 6-3, a school that could challenge for the Mountain West Conference title.

This week, the Bears held a home/home series with Forbush.

Mount Airy won 9-0 on Tuesday and then 8-0 on Thursday with one match canceled because of time.

The scores look similar, but the Lady Falcons played much better in the second meeting, believed Bear coach Rodney Pell.

Even the matches will one-sided scores were closer than they appeared, he said.

The biggest difference was on Court One. In the first meeting, Bear top seed Lauren Brintle blanked Alisha Baity 6-0, 6-0.

On Thursday, Baity pushed Brintle for two and a half hours.

Brintle took the first set 7-5 and then got up a break to start the second set. Up 3-2 and serving, Brintle wasn’t able to pull away as Baity got a break herself. That match also went to 7-5 before the Bears earned the win.

By that time, all the other singles matches had ended, and doubles play had begun on the lower courts.

Because of the late hour — and the exhaustion of the two players — the coaches agreed to drop the number-one doubles match.

Sixth seed Elizabeth Bray gave the Bears their first point, beating Stephanie Swain 6-0, 6-0. Also sweeping their matches were fifth seed Logan King (over Victoria Wingler) and fourth seed Maya Hicks (over Aileen Rosales).

Third seed Coleman Craddock was the next to finish, beating Olivia Felk 6-0, 6-2.

Second seed Elizabeth Marion secured the team win by beating Carmen Wilkins 6-1, 6-1.

“The second and third doubles matches began as Brintle was starting her second set,” said coach Rodney Pell.

Marion and Hicks are undefeated in doubles play. They won 8-1 over Felk/Rosales.

King and Bray improved to 2-1 as a pair, beating Wingler/Swain 8-1.

Next week, the Bears host Walkertown in the Northwest Conference opener, then go to West Stokes, which they swept in the season opener.

Thursday results

1. L. Brintle 7-5, 7-5 win over A. Baity

2. E. Marion 6-1, 6-1 over C. Wilkins

3. C. Craddock 6-0, 6-2 over O. Felk

4. M. Hicks 6-0, 6-0 over A. Rosales

5. L. King 6-0, 6-0 over V. Wingler

6. E. Bray 6-0, 6-0 over S. Swain

Doubles

1. Brintle/Craddock n/a

2. Marion/Hicks 8-1 Felk/Rosales

3. King/Bray 8-1 Wingler/Swain

Tuesday results

1. L. Brintle 6-0, 6-0 win over A. Baity

2. E. Marion 6-1, 6-0 over C. Wilkins

3. C. Craddock 6-0, 6-0 over O. Felk

4. M. Hicks 6-0, 6-0 over A. Rosales

5. L. King 6-0, 6-0 over V. Wingler

6. E. Bray 6-0, 6-2 over S. Swain

Doubles

1. Brintle/Craddock 8-0 Baity/Wilkins

2. Marion/Hicks 8-2 Felk/Rosales

3. King/Bray 8-0 Wingler/Swain

Mount Airy’s Maya Hicks keeps her eye on the ball during doubles play.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_0JAL9154_filtered.jpgMount Airy’s Maya Hicks keeps her eye on the ball during doubles play. Jeff Linville | The News

The Bears’ Elizabeth Marion puts away a volley for game point during doubles to go up 7-0.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_0JAL9151_filtered.jpgThe Bears’ Elizabeth Marion puts away a volley for game point during doubles to go up 7-0. Jeff Linville | The News

By Jeff Linville

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