EAST BEND — Surry Central defeated Forbush 8-1 to all but wrap up the league tennis title.
The Lady Eagles are 9-4 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Western Piedmont.
South Stokes hasn’t played as many matches yet, but has only one loss — 8-1 to Central in the first meeting on Sept. 17.
The only way the Eagles wouldn’t take the conference championship is to lose all their remaining matches while the Lady Sauras win out — including the rematch with Central on Oct. 6.
New Central coach Holly Porter isn’t focusing on any hardware just yet. She said she told her team that with an unbeaten league record, every opponent would be gunning for them. If the girls continue to take care of business, the championship will follow.
The Eagles did that this week, going 3-0, all against WPAC teams.
On Tuesday, the Eagles beat rival North Surry 5-4, then they breezed through a 9-0 win over West Stokes on Wednesday before this 8-1 victory with Forbush on Thursday.
North Surry had an interesting lineup, said Porter. Central’s third and sixth seeds (Hope Hinson and Hannah Pardue) played probably their hardest matches of the year and came out on top.
Central led 4-2 after singles and then took the top spot in doubles to secure the match. North Surry took the other two doubles matches. The girls appeared to run out of steam after those tough singles matches, Porter said.
On Thursday, fifth seed Anna Senter was out, so the lineup shifted. Pardue moved up to fifth, and Sarah Marion started at sixth.
For doubles, Mattie-Grace Snow teamed with Pardue.
Pardue, Marion and Snow are all freshmen, and fourth seed Sarah Wyble is a sophomore, the coach pointed out. The team is growing and gaining experience. Surry Central has won five straight matches since a loss to Mount Airy.
In this match, Marion beat Alyssa Southern 6-1, 6-1. Pardue beat Victoria Wingler 6-2, 6-2.
Wyble beat Aileen Rosales 6-1, 6-1. Third seed Hinson beat Olivia Felk 6-0, 6-3.
Mallory Wilmoth beat Carmen Wilkins 6-0, 6-0 on Court Two. Sommer Chilton suffered the only loss, 6-1, 6-2 to Alisha Baity.
In doubles, Chilton and Wilmoth beat Baity/Wilkins 8-4. Hinson and Wyble beat Felk/Rosales 8-2. Pardue and Snow beat Wingler/Southern 8-2.
Next up for Central is a rematch with East Surry on Wednesday. The Lady Cardinals beat Central in the first match of the season, but the young Eagles have gained much experience since then. Coach Porter is looking for a different outcome this time.
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