The Mount Airy girls’ tennis team improved to 9-0 and 2-0 in the Northwest Conference with an 8-1 victory in home match against North Stokes on Thursday.
The closest match in Mount Airy’s win on Thursday was the matchup between the two schools’ top seed. Lauren Brintle cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set for Mount Airy, but things got complicated from here.
Brintle led 6-5 and had an opportunity to close out the match in straight sets before North Stokes’ Brittney Brown broke Brintle’s serve and eventually won the tiebreaker 11-9.
In the third-set tiebreaker, Brintle trailed 1-5 before rattling off four straight points. This momentum helped the senior clinch her match with a 10-8 win.
Elizabeth Marion stayed hot with a 6-3, 6-4 win out of the two-seed position for Mount Airy. Marion has won every set she’s played this year.
The three-seed match was also a bit tricky for the Lady Bears. Coleman Craddock dropped the first set 3-6.
The senior trailed 2-3 in the second set before finding her groove and rallying to victory. Craddock won the second set 7-6 (7-5) and the third set tiebreak 10-6.
One of the reasons Mount Airy is off to such a hot start is the play of its lower seeds, and these girls continued to dominate on Thursday.
Maya Hicks easily dispatched Brittany Rogers 6-2, 6-3 as the four-seed, and fifth-seed Logan King defeated Alyssa Collins 6-1, 6-1.
Elizabeth Bray didn’t start the season in the Bears’ top-six, but she now has a stranglehold on the final-seed after improving her record to 5-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
Mount Airy’s 4-6 seeds were the first girls to win their matches, giving the Granite Bears’ top seeds a nice lead on which to add.
In doubles, Marion and Hicks won their match 10-4, while King and Bray combined to defeat their opponents 11-10.
Brintle and Craddock suffered Mount Airy’s only loss of the day with a 10-8 defeat to Brown and Abby Williams.
The Lady Bears’ win sets up a huge match on Tuesday when they travel to Winston-Salem to take Bishop McGuinness, the defending 1A state champion.
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