Mount Airy High School hosted the opening rounds of the Northwest 1A girls’ tennis tournament on Tuesday, and the Lady Bears and East Surry combined to send seven girls into the semifinals that will take place Wednesday.
All seven of those players also clinched spots in the 1A regionals next week.
In the singles bracket, Elizabeth Marion is the lone competitor from Surry County to make it through the opening day. Marion, typically the two-seed for Mount Airy, cruised over Walkertown’s Lisa Anderson 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.
Marion carried this momentum into her second round performance with a 6-2, 6-2 win over East Surry’s Tiffany King. King also put up a double-bagel victory in the first round, but couldn’t get past Marion.
Marion, the fourth seed in the tournament, will face top-seeded Makeena Mason of Atkins in the semifinal. The winner will advance to the final against either Diana Alexandrov (Atkins) or Brittany Brown (North Stokes).
East Surry’s Makayla Keener fought her way into the second round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Mount Airy’s Logan King, but her run stopped there in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Brown.
However, three of the four doubles teams remaining are from East Surry or Mount Airy, headlined by the tournament’s second-seeded duo of Lauren Brintle and Coleman Craddock from Mount Airy.
Brintle and Craddock received an opening-round bye, so their first match of the afternoon was against Melanie Vynalek and Candyce Sturgen of Bishop McGuinness. The Granite Bears’ pair dropped the opening game in both sets, but regrouped to win the match 6-3, 6-3.
East Surry’s Allie Hawks and Klaudia Tucker will oppose Brintle and Craddock in the semifinal matchup. Hawks and Tucker were challenged in a 6-2, 7-5 first-round win, but they eased through the second round at 6-2, 6-0.
The third local team to advance into Wednesday was the Cardinals’ pairing of Mikayla Manuel and Abigail Martin. With only one loss in the regular season, Manuel and Martin continued their stellar play on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-0 win in round one, and a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Mount Airy’s Maya Hicks and Elizabeth Bray in the quarterfinal.
Manuel and Martin are in for a huge test in the next round against the top-seeded team of Morgan Auger and Anna Petrangeli from Bishop McGuinness. Auger was the singles champion last year at this same event.
The tournament will resume at 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the finals being held shortly after the opening matches that day.
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