Bears sweep Falcons for first win


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Mount Airy senior Gentry Williamson returns the ball in his victorious singles match Wednesday afternoon.


John Cate | The News

After a postponement in the Mount Airy tennis team’s first match of the year, weather and the Forbush Falcons proved no match for the Granite Bears on Wednesday.

Mount Airy (1-0) cruised in nearly all of its matches for a 9-0 win over the Falcons. The doubles section was competitive, but five of the six singles affairs were cakewalks for the Bears.

Top-seed Hunt Harrison earned Mount Airy’s first team point with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Winston Fleming. No. 4 seed Emory Bray was next to record a win, knocking off Forbush’s Avery Adams at 6-1, 6-1.

Gentry Williamson, the Mount Airy three-seed, gave the Bears a 3-0 lead shortly after with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Lance Kennedy. Six-seed Hunter Eaton, who lost in a tiebreaker to Elkin on Tuesday, earned an impressive two-set victory at 6-1, 6-2.

A 6-3, 6-2 victory from No. 2 seed Harrison Morris gave the Granite Bears a 5-0 lead.

Wednesday’s closest match came from the five-seed slot between Mount Airy’s Grey Tucker and Forbush’s Lucas Kennedy. Tucker started off shaky with a 4-6 loss in the first set, but he bounced back to win the second set at 6-3 behind three breaks. In the third-set tiebreaker, Tucker saved two match points before winning on his third match point at 14-12.

Harrison and Morris combined to breeze past Fleming and Matthew Wilhelm at 8-2 in the No. 1 doubles spot, but the final two doubles matches came down to the wire.

Mount Airy’s three-seed pairing of Eaton and Owen Perkins went up 3-0 before dropping two consecutive games to Lance and Lucas Kennedy. However, the Bear duo won four of the next five games and eventually took the match at 8-6.

The final result of the day came at No. 2 doubles. Williamson and Bray trailed 1-4, but rallied and earned their first lead at 6-5. Bray held serve in the final game to come away with a 9-7 win and clinch the sweep for Mount Airy.

Mount Airy returns to action on Thursday with a home match against East Wilkes.

Mount Airy senior Gentry Williamson returns the ball in his victorious singles match Wednesday afternoon.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0534a.jpgMount Airy senior Gentry Williamson returns the ball in his victorious singles match Wednesday afternoon. John Cate | The News

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