PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s tennis team picked up a conference win over Atkins Monday afternoon.
The Lady Cardinals took four of the six singles matches and two of three doubles for a 6-3 win in Northwest Conference action.
The Lady Camels came out on top on the smaller court for seeds one and two, but the Cards won all four on the bigger court.
Top seed Tiffany King fell to Makenna Mason 4-6, 3-6. Mason is the lone senior on a very young team. Lindsay Jones is a sophomore, and the other six players are freshmen.
Second seed Makayla Keener lost 5-7, 1-6 to one of those freshmen, Diana Alexandrov.
Third seed Allie Hawks beat Jones 6-1, 6-1. Fourth seed Klaudia Tucker beat Rose Arnolds 6-2, 6-2.
Fifth seed Mikayla Manuel swept Sommer Stephens 6-0, 6-0. Sixth seed Haley Jennelle came one game shy of a sweep at 6-0, 6-1 over Emily Grandstaff.
With Mason and Alexandrov strong in singles, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the pair won in doubles as well, beating King and Keener 10-4.
East’s Hawks and Tucker beat Jones/Stephens 10-2. Manuel and Abigail Martin beat Arnolds/Grandstaff 10-1.
The win keeps the third doubles team (Manuel/Martin) undefeated so far this season.
Players three to six finished fairly quick in both singles and doubles and looked good, said coach Ashley Powell.
For those four lower seeds, this match was a good warm-up to today’s important match, the coach said.
East Surry (7-1, 3-1 in the Northwest) takes on rival and conference foe Mount Airy at 4:30 p.m.
Powell said she feels like she has a pretty strong lineup, but the girls need to be mentally prepared to play.
They can’t look across the net and start thinking, “Uh oh, it’s Mount Airy,” she said. That’s what happened with Bishop McGuinness last week when the Cards fell 6-3.
Mount Airy edged Bishop 5-4, so Powell knows the Cards will have to bring their best to compete for a win.