The North Surry girls’ tennis team continued its improved play in the Western Piedmont Conference on Thursday with a 9-0 sweep over the West Stokes Wildcats.
Taylor Tickle, the Greyhounds’ No. 1 seed, remained undefeated in conference play this season with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Lauren Palmer. Tickle has now lost only five games and zero sets in the Western Piedmont.
After being out for a little more than a week with a concussion, Hound coach Maggie McKee said that Cassidy Willard is starting to gain some confidence. On Thursday, Willard came out on top in a tight 6-3, 7-5 decision against Stephanie Henry.
McKee also noted that Willard is still working to get her footwork back up to speed as the postseason looms on the horizon.
Three-seed Rebecca Parsons had the most lopsided result of the day, defeating Anna Brown 6-0, 6-0. Parsons improved her record to 6-3 in singles with the win.
Emily Harrison won her first match as a four-seed this season, defeating Catherine Nachand 6-2, 6-2.
It’s been a strange season for the senior, as she is 3-1 as the three-seed but now 1-3 in her more regular slot.
Fifth-seeded Emily Smith cruised past Rebekah Martin 6-1, 6-2; while Cassie Barker finished off the singles’ rout for North Surry with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Caroline Cook.
The Greyhounds carried over this dominance into the doubles’ portion of the match, winning all three contests and only dropping six games overall.
Harrison and Smith got the winning started in doubles with an 8-1 win, and the duo of Willard and Barker followed them with a 6-2 victory.
Tickle and Parsons put the finishing touches on the sweep with an 8-3 victory out of the doubles’ one-seed position.
The Greyhounds started the season 1-5, but they have played well against conference foes and hold a 3-2 record in league play.
Two teams from the Western Piedmont will guarantee a spot in the playoffs, and Surry Central has all but wrapped up the top-seed with a 7-0 record.
North Surry still has a chance to share the conference title, but the Hounds need to win their remaining four league matches and hope Surry Central drops its final two games, one of which is against North Surry.
Instead, the Greyhounds have their eyes on the South Stokes Sauras. If North Surry can finish strong and defeat South Stokes in the finale, the Lady Hounds would clinch the second and final playoff spot from its league.
North Surry will look to keep pace with both the Sauras and Eagles in its next match at Forbush High School on Monday.
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