Lady Bears outlast E. Wilkes


By John Cate - jcate@civitasmedia.com



The Lady Bears’ Elizabeth Bray played one of three singles matches that went to a tiebreaker on Monday against East Wilkes. Bray shut out her opponent in the second set but then lost the tiebreaker.


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Elizabeth Marion won her No. 2 singles match in straight sets Monday evening.


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Mount Airy’s tennis team was already halfway to victory on Monday evening before the serious action in the Lady Bears’ non-conference battle with East Wilkes even got under way.

Three of the team’s singles players won their individual matches with ease. No. 5 Logan King rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Blake Jarvis, and second-seeded Elizabeth Marion was nearly as quick in dismissing Maddie Lester, 6-1, 6-3. When Coleman Craddock won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 over Riley Wagoner, it looked like another easy victory was in the cards for the Bears.

Ultimately, Mount Airy did pull out a 7-2 victory that improved its overall record to 16-1, but the Cardinals made things interesting, and the Bears had to wait for the doubles matches to clinch the team victory.

East Wilkes (8-5) got on the board when Kinsey Crabb outlasted Elizabeth Bray at No. 6 singles. Bray was a few points away from winning this one in straight sets, but lost the first set 7-6 in a set tiebreaker and had to rally in set two to force a tiebreaker for the match. She did this in style, taking the second set 6-0, but lost the tiebreaker 10-4.

Maya Hicks won the first set of her No. 4 singles match 7-6 in a tiebreaker over Brooke Schubart, in a seesaw battle where she broke Schubart’s serve to lead 4-3. She was broken herself at 5-4, but broke back at 5-6 to force the set tiebreaker, where she won seven of 11 points. Schubart fought back and won the second set 6-2, then prevailed 10-5 in the tiebreaker.

With the Bears’ lead cut to 3-2, it was left to Lauren Brintle, Mount Airy’s No. 1 player, to keep her team in front. She was embroiled in a touch match of her own. After easily winning her first set 6-1 over Amber Parks, she led 4-3 in set two, but lost successive service games and the set, 6-4. In the tiebreaker, she pulled away from a 4-2 lead to prevail 10-5.

It had been tough going, but the Bears were just one win away from clinching the match. Brintle and Craddock teamed up at No. 1 doubles and took care of that, giving Mount Airy a 5-2 lead with an 8-0 shutout of Lester and Jarvis.

At No. 2 doubles, Marion and Hicks had a tougher time of things after falling down a break early in their match with Parks and Melia Higgins. Down 6-7, they earned successive breaks and forced the match to an 8-all deadlock, then won a tiebreaker 7-4 for the match.

King and Bray lost serve to Schubart and Abby Reeves at 4-3, but battled back to a 7-6 lead in the No. 3 doubles and then won the final game for the win.

Weather permitting, the Bears will visit North Stokes this afternoon.

The Lady Bears’ Elizabeth Bray played one of three singles matches that went to a tiebreaker on Monday against East Wilkes. Bray shut out her opponent in the second set but then lost the tiebreaker.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_0138c.jpgThe Lady Bears’ Elizabeth Bray played one of three singles matches that went to a tiebreaker on Monday against East Wilkes. Bray shut out her opponent in the second set but then lost the tiebreaker. John Cate | The News

Elizabeth Marion won her No. 2 singles match in straight sets Monday evening.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_0133b.jpgElizabeth Marion won her No. 2 singles match in straight sets Monday evening. John Cate | The News

By John Cate

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