Before getting into the meat of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference schedule, North Surry’s tennis team has been busy competing for the unofficial Surry County championship.
The Greyhounds gave themselves a chance at county bragging rights on Wednesday evening, avenging a season-opening loss to East Surry with a 6-3 victory.
North Surry, which lost to the Cardinals by the same score back on March 8, will visit undefeated Mount Airy today for its final non-conference match before beginning conference play, where it will stay in the county by visiting Surry Central on Tuesday.
The Hounds (1-1) took control of the rematch by winning four of the six singles matches. Wesley Nichols started things off for North Surry with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Austin Pardue at No. 2. The home team then swept the final three singles matches, with John Smith downing Lucas Banilla 6-1, 6-3; Barrett Slate topping Brady Jessup 6-4, 7-5; and John Nichols beating Joey Kenyon 7-5, 7-6 (9-7).
East Surry’s victories in the singles came in the Nos. 1 and 3 matches, where Daniel Hancock beat Alex Jones 7-6 (8-5), 6-1 and Ryan Sigman topped Austin York 6-3, 1-6, 10-7.
The Cardinals would have had to sweep the doubles to claim victory, but North won two of the three. Jones and Wesley Nichols downed Hancock and Jessup 8-3 at No. 1, and Smith and Slate claimed an 8-6 win over Banilla and Devon Gobel at No. 3. East Surry won at No. 2, with Pardue and Kenyon defeating York and John Nichols 8-2.
East Surry (2-4) will host Atkins today.