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.
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