WINSTON-SALEM — The recent run of lopsided victories for the Mount Airy tennis team continued on Wednesday evening.
The Granite Bears pulled into Winston-Salem undefeated, and they hardly broke a sweat in leaving that way after a 9-0 wipeout of Atkins, completing a season sweep over the Camels.
Mount Airy (6-0, 3-0 Northwest 1-A) didn’t lose a single set in sweeping all six singles and all three doubles matches from the Camels, although Atkins was slightly more competitive than it was when the Bears blanked them on March 8.
The Camels managed to challenge Mount Airy in the No. 5 singles and No. 1 doubles matches. In the singles, Atkins’ Jared Solomon rallied from a 4-2 deficit by breaking serve on the Bears’ Grey Tucker and taking a 6-5 lead before Tucker broke back to force a first-set tiebreaker, which he won 7-2. Tucker then dominated the second set for a 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 victory.
In the only competitive doubles match, Hunt Harrison and Harrison Morris found themselves in a tussle after letting a 5-3 lead over Akshat Dixit and Arel D’Agostino slip away. The Bears’ duo surrendered a service break and let their opponents back into the match, but then broke back and held serve on their next turn to take an 8-5 victory in the final completed match of the evening.
In the other singles matches, Harrison downed Josh Woodard 6-1, 6-0; Morris beat Dixit 6-0, 6-2; Gentry Williamson defeated D’Agostino 6-3, 6-3; Emory Bray topped Jonathan Grubbs 6-1, 6-1 and Owen Perkins won 6-0, 6-1 over Braxton Hawkins. Perkins’ victory at No. 6 singles was his first singles match of the season and clinched the team win for the Bears.
In the other two doubles matches, Williamson and Bray beat Woodard and Grubbs 8-1, and Perkins and Hunter Eaton blanked Anthony Dixon and Alex Dixon 8-0.
Mount Airy travels to North Surry today.