PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry tennis coach Ashley Powell believes that her team’s bout against North Surry on Monday was the most difficult match for the Cardinals so far.
However, it was still the same old story for East Surry as the Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) romped the Greyhounds with another 9-0 sweep. East Surry has yet to drop a set on the young season.
“It’s awesome. I feel like I have such a strong team,” Powell said. “Everybody pulls their weight, and I know that even if one of my top two seeds struggles, I still have a strong three through six.”
Monday’s match was another instance where all six seeds for the Cardinals dominated the opposition. Number one seed Tiffany King lost the first game of her two sets, but she rallied on both occasions in a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Powell said that King noticed her opponent, Taylor Tickle, was forcing her to come to the net early on. King doesn’t usually play at the net, but she made the adjustment and was very successful.
“Tiffany can get to just about every ball on the court,” Powell said. “She plays great defense and forces you into making errors.”
Makayla Keener also breezed through her match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Cassidy Willard. King used a powerful forehand and some timely backhands to remain undefeated on the season.
“Makayla played amazing today. She kept her head in the game and made a lot of impressive shots. She can dominate a match when she plays like that,” Powell said.
Allie Hawks, the Cardinals’ third seed, had the tightest victory in singles on Monday. Hawks fell behind in both sets but eventually pulled out a victory over Rebecca Parsons with a 6-4, 6-4 result.
The final three singles’ matches were all blowouts as the Cardinals only dropped six games combined. Klaudia Tucker defeated Emily Harrison 6-1, 6-1 out of the four-seed position while fifth seed Mikayla Manuel beat Emily Smith 6-2, 6-0.
In the last match, Haley Hennelle used a 6-1, 6-1 scoreline to come out on top against Cassie Barker.
However, the doubles’ competition was a lot closer. North Surry had an opportunity to register a win in two of the three matches, but came up just short.
King and Keener defeated Tickle and Parsons 8-6, while Hawks and Tucker needed a tie break to win their doubles’ match over Willard and Barker.
Manuel and Martin cruised for East Surry out of the three-seed with an 8-2 victory agaisnt Harrison and Smith.
The Cardinals will look to keep this momentum going on Tuesday at North Stokes in their second Northwest Conference match of the season.
“It’s definitely nice to be winning like we have,” Powell said. “But I think we’re ready to get into conference and play other strong squads to show how strong we are.”
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