DOBSON — Surry Central tennis moved above .500 with an 8-1 win over Forbush.
Forbush took the top spot in singles, but the Lady Eagles won everything else to improve to 4-3 on the season. The Eagles have gone 4-1 since opening with losses to East Surry and Mount Airy.
Just as important as the overall record, coach Holly Porter pointed out that this makes Central 2-0 in the Western Piedmont Conference.
“It is a great way to start out,” said Porter. The improved play has given the coach high expectations for the rest of the conference season.
Compared to the start of practice, the Eagles have improved in their ground strokes as one might expect, according to the coach. However, where they are really starting to improve is getting their minds involved as well.
Once players get the physical part down, strategy can come into play.
The girls are thinking about what kind of shot to use and where to place it to create an advantage, especially in doubles, according to Porter. Through seven matches, the first and third doubles teams are undefeated.
In Tuesday’s match, top seed Sommer Chilton battled hard with Forbush’s Alisha Baity, but came up a little short in each set. She fell 3-6, 4-6.
Second seed Mallory Wilmoth swept Carmen Wilkins 6-0, 6-0. Third seed Hope Hinson beat Olivia Felk 6-1, 6-1.
Fourth seed Sarah Wyble won 6-1, 6-0 over Aileen Rosales. Anna Senter beat Victoria Wingler on Court Five. Hannah Pardue won the sixth-seed match 6-0, 6-0 over Stephanie Swain.
In doubles, Wyble and Pardue won 8-0 over Wingler/Swain as the first to leave the court. Then Hinson and Senter improved to 5-1 as a team with an 8-1 win over Felk/Rosales.
Then Chilton and Wilmoth won 8-1 over Baity/Wilkins.
The Eagles return to action Thursday at West Stokes. That sets up a rivalry match with Mount Airy at home Monday.
Then later in the week the Eagles face South Stokes. At 3-2, the Sauras look like the top challenger for Central in the Western Piedmont race.
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