DOBSON — The Lady Bears beat the Lady Eagles in a close tennis match Monday.
The final score doesn’t always tell the whole story, and Mount Airy’s 7-2 win over Surry Central doesn’t begin to describe just how close this match truly was.
Four of the six singles’ matches and one doubles competition required a tiebreaker, and Surry Central had plenty of opportunities to hand Mount Airy its first loss of the year.
However, the Lady Bears pulled out a win and improved to 11-0 on the year.
Lauren Brintle cruised as Mount Airy’s top-seed with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Sommer Chilton.
Elizabeth Marion was the only other Granite Bear to record a straight-set win, but even that match needed a second-set tiebreaker. Marion came from behind in both sets to defeat Mallory Wilmoth 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Wilmoth, the Central second seed, had 4-1 lead in the first set and a 6-5 lead in the second.
Hope Hinson was the lone singles winner for Surry Central. She beat Coleman Craddock 6-4, 3-6, 11-9 in the three-seed matchup.
Mount Airy’s Logan King defeated Anna Senter in the five-seed match with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 result. The third set was tied at four before King pulled away and clinched the win.
The Bears’ Elizabeth Bray had to overcome a first-set loss. Hannah Pardue took the opener with a 6-3 win, but Bray rolled 6-2, 10-4 in the final two sets.
Maya Hicks joined her teammate Marion in staying unbeaten this year with a 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 win against Sarah Wyble. Hicks’ win was the fifth team point to clinch the match for the Bears.
Brintle and Craddock got back to their winning ways with an 8-3 victory over Chilton and Wilmoth in the top-seeded doubles match. Wyble and Pardue claimed a win for Surry Central with an 8-4 score line against King and Bray.
Marion and Hicks had to rally in the final doubles’ match of the night. The duo trailed 4-7 to Hinson and Senter before they won four straight games and eventually clinched a 9-8 (7-4) win.
Mount Airy will put its undefeated record on the line against East Surry in a rivalry Northwest Conference match with big implications. The Cardinals are 3-1 in the conference, and an East Surry win would force a three-way tie with Mount Airy and Bishop McGuinness.
Surry Central will be at home on Thursday in its next match against South Stokes.
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