DANBURY — For a brief moment, it looked like the Mount Airy tennis team was still suffering from a letdown after taking only its second loss of the season last week. In their first action since losing to Bishop McGuinness, the Lady Bears got behind 1-0 after host North Stokes claimed a win in the No. 3 singles.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a trend. Mount Airy had to wait until the doubles matches to clinch a team victory, but the Lady Bears got out of town with an 6-3 win and improved their season record to 17-2, including a 7-2 mark in the Northeast 1-A Conference.
After the Vikings’ Abby Williams opened with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Coleman Craddock, Mount Airy reeled off three straight wins of its own, with No. 2 Elizabeth Marion beating Nicole Foley 6-1, 6-4; No. 4 Maya Hicks topping Alyssa Collins 6-1, 6-3; and No. 5 Logan King stopping Brittany Rogers 6-1, 6-3.
North Stokes’ Brittany Brown then slipped past Lauren Brintle in the top-seeded singles match, and the overall score was 3-2 in favor of the Bears when the No. 6 singles match and the No. 1 doubles commenced almost at the same time, due to the fact that the Vikings have just five courts.
Brintle and Craddock outlasted Foley and Williams in the doubles match to make it 4-2. In the meantime, Elizabeth Bray trailed Morgan Rogers 4-5 in the first set of the final singles match, but then earned consecutive service breaks and won her first set 7-5. The second set was academic, Bray prevailing 6-2 to give Mount Airy the team win.
At No. 2 doubles, Marion and Hicks easily defeated Brown and Morgan Rogers 8-4. In the final match of the evening, Collins and Brittany Rogers outlasted King and Bray 9-7 after the latter two were broken on serve twice late in the match.
The Bears return to action here on Wednesday for a doubleheader against Winston-Salem Prep. These will be the final home matches of the regular season.