East Surry beat Mount Airy in girls tennis for the first time in several years.
On Tuesday, the Lady Cardinals won 7-2, breaking a losing streak that goes back several coaches for East.
Earlier this season, the Lady Bears volleyball team broke a streak to rival North Surry that might have been 15 years long.
It hasn’t been that long for East Surry tennis, but certainly since back to the start of Scott Kniskern’s coaching career. Kniskern stepped down after leading the Bears to three straight 1A state titles.
Ashley Powell is the latest leader in what has been a coaching carousel for East. With East at 9-1, 5-1 in the Northwest, the Cards may have found a long-term solution.
Don’t look now, but there is a three-way tie for the top spot in league.
Mount Airy (10-1, 3-1 Northwest) beat Bishop McGuiness, Bishop beat East Surry and now East has beaten Mount Airy to give each school one loss.
The Cards have shown great balance top to bottom, with the bottom half of the lineup going 29-1 so far this season.
Fourth seed Klaudia Tucker is 9-1, and Mikayla Manuel and Haley Jennelle are both a perfect 10-0.
Manuel is also a perfect 7-0 in double with partner Abigail Martin.
Mount Airy’s Elizabeth Marion was undefeated coming into the match, but her first loss was the first match to end Tuesday. Makayla Keener won 6-3, 6-4 on Court Two.
Marion was up 3-2, but was broken twice in the first set, noted Bear coach Rodney Pell. In the second set, Marion was up 4-3 before Keener won the final three games.
East’s Jennelle fought hard with Elizabeth Bray in the first set. After trailing 2-5 in the first set, Jennelle roared back to win 7-5 and then cruised 6-0 in the second set. That gave East a 2-0 team lead.
That became 3-0 when Manuel beat Logan King 6-4, 6-3.
Logan was down 5-2 in the first set and won back-to-back games to cut it close, but Manuel finished off the set, noted Pell.
The Bears got their first team point on Court Three where Coleman Craddock defeated Allie Hawks 6-4, 6-4. Craddock repeatedly came forward on short balls and forced Hawks to have to hit winners past her or over her.
Coleman was up 2-1 and serving, but was broken, said Pell. At 4-4, she earned a break herself, then finished off the set, the coach said.
On Court One, East’s Tiffany King jumped out to a 4-1 start before Lauren Brintle cut the lead to 5-4. King took the set in the next game and then won 6-2 in the second.
That made it 4-1 with the fourth seeds still battling.
East’s Tucker took the first set 6-3, but Maya Hicks was doing her best to force a third set.
Hicks was up 6-5 and serving, but Tucker broke her serve to force a seven-point tiebreaker.
Tucker went up 6-3 and had three game points, but Hicks took all three points to tie it 6-all. Tucker won the next two points to clinch 8-6.
That gave East Surry five team points and the win before doubles started.
The long match by the fourth seeds meant a late start to doubles, and the teams finished under the lights.
The Bears’ Marion and Hicks improved to 12-0 on the season with an 8-6 win over Hawks and Tucker.
East’s Manuel and Martin also stayed perfect with an 8-4 win over King and Bray.
In the final match, East’s King and Keener beat Brintle and Craddock 9-8 (7-5).
East Surry travels to Atkins on Thursday. The Cards just beat Atkins 6-3 at home on Monday.
The Bears travel to Reagan on Thursday. The Lady Raiders are 3-3, but all three losses were to 4A schools.