Eagle tennis sweeps Cardinals


By Jackson Fuller - jfuller@civitasmedia.com



Tanner Mears prepares his serve during Surry Central’s 6-0 win over East Surry on Tuesday. Mears won his singles match 6-2, 6-7, 11-9 over Austin Pardue.


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East Surry’s Austin Pardue laces a forehand.


Jackson Fuller | The News

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Surry Central tennis team kicked off its season with a bang on Tuesday, defeating its rivals from East Surry 6-0.

The Golden Eagles (1-0) won all six singles matches, with only one affair requiring a third set. Both coaches agreed to postpone the three doubles matches due to dangerous looking skies and potential impending weather.

The closest match of the afternoon was the two-seed contest between Surry Central’s Tanner Mears and East Surry’s Austin Pardue. Mears breezed past Pardue in the first set 6-2, but the No. 2 from East Surry fought back to force a third-set tie break with a 7-6 victory in the second set.

The two rivals battled neck-and-neck in the final set, but Mears proved to be too much with an 11-9 win.

Surry Central’s No. 1 seed, Zach Cochran cruised past Daniel Hancock with a 6-2, 6-3 win. The Eagles’ three seed, Jose Montero, took care of business against Ryan Sutterby in a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

The Eagles’ bottom three seeds closed out the sweep with equally impressive wins. No. 4 Cole Leonard used a 6-0, 6-1 result to get past East Surry’s Ryan Sigmund, and Surry Central five-seed Austin Gravely earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lucas Bonilla.

The most convincing win of the afternoon for Surry Central came from No. 6 Brandon Norman, who defeated Joey Kenyan 6-0, 6-0.

Surry Central has an extended break before it gets an opportunity to continue this momentum. The Golden Eagles won’t return to action until a March 9 meeting with Wilkes Central. East Surry (0-1) has a relatively quick turnaround with its next match coming on Thursday against Elkin.

Tanner Mears prepares his serve during Surry Central’s 6-0 win over East Surry on Tuesday. Mears won his singles match 6-2, 6-7, 11-9 over Austin Pardue.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0085_filtered.jpgTanner Mears prepares his serve during Surry Central’s 6-0 win over East Surry on Tuesday. Mears won his singles match 6-2, 6-7, 11-9 over Austin Pardue. Jackson Fuller | The News

East Surry’s Austin Pardue laces a forehand.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0088_filtered.jpgEast Surry’s Austin Pardue laces a forehand. Jackson Fuller | The News

By Jackson Fuller

jfuller@civitasmedia.com

Reach Jackson at 415-4702 and on twitter @jacksonfuller16

Reach Jackson at 415-4702 and on twitter @jacksonfuller16

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