Surry Central’s tennis team will be in action tonight in the second round of the 2-A dual-team playoffs, but the season will go on for the school’s No. 1 doubles team of Sommer Chilton and Mallory Wilmoth, win or lose.
The pair will represent the Lady Eagles in the NCHSAA 2-A Women’s Individual State Championships, to be held this Friday and Saturday at Cary Tennis Park, located at 2727 Louis Stephens Dr. in Cary. Chilton and Wilmoth will face Kate Whichard and Ellie Rinehart of Edenton Holmes, the winners of the East Regional, in the first round of the doubles tournament.
The duo was the only doubles team out of the Western Piedmont Conference to earn a trip to the state finals. Chilton and Wilmoth qualified as the fourth-place team out of the Midwest Regional.
Both the 1-A and 2-A finals will be contested over the weekend in Cary, but no other local players advanced beyond the regional round. In the 1-A regionals held last week at Elkin High School, a Mount Airy singles player and a doubles team were entered, but all lost in the second round. Elizabeth Marion beat Morgan Parks of Avery County 6-2, 6-0, but then lost to Diana Alexandrov of Atkins 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. Marion came from 3-0 down to win the first set against her long-time conference nemesis, but couldn’t keep the momentum going.
In doubles, Lauren Brintle and Coleman Craddock double-bageled Avery’s Savannah Church and Ollianne Ramey to open the tournament, but then fell to Courtney Williamson and Lindsey Baten of Chatham Central, 6-2, 6-3.
For East Surry, Mikayla Manuel and Abigail Martin qualified for the tournament and beat a team from North Stanly 7-5, 6-4 in the first round, but also fell in the second. Allie Hawks and Klaudia Tucker were defeated 6-2, 6-4 in a first-round doubles match by a team from Gray Stone Day.