The Mount Airy tennis team left little doubt that it still holds bragging rights in this part of Surry County, downing cross-town rival North Surry 9-0 in a non-conference tilt on Thursday evening.
The Bears, now a perfect 7-0 on the season, swept through the singles matches, with Hunt Harrison shutting out Alex Jones 6-0, 6-0; Harrison Morris beating Wesley Nichols 7-5, 6-0; Gentry Williamson stopping John Smith 6-1, 6-0; Emory Bray handling Austin York 6-0, 6-2; Owen Perkins beating Barrett Slate 6-2, 6-1; and Hunter Eaton getting past John Nichols by a 6-2, 6-0 count.
In the doubles, it was more of the same. Harrison and Williamson teamed up to beat Jones and Wesley Nichols 8-3, Morris and Bray defeated Smith and Slate by the same score, and Perkins and Grey Tucker downed York and Cody Gallimore 8-4 in the No. 3 doubles.
The only suspense came in the No. 2 doubles match, where Wesley Nichols earned a service break at 2-1 and held the edge for muck of the opening set, only to see Morris break back at 4-4 and 6-5 to prevail. In the doubles, the Mount Airy Nos. 1 and 2 teams each surrendered a service break but came back to win easily.
The Bears will visit East Wilkes on Monday, while North Surry visits Surry Central on Tuesday.
Mount Airy 9, Atkins 0
The Granite Bears hardly broke a sweat in leaving that way after a 9-0 wipeout of Atkins on Wednesday evening in Winston-Salem, completing a season sweep over the Camels.
Mount Airy 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’ 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, Harrison and 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; Williamson defeated D’Agostino 6-3, 6-3; Bray topped Jonathan Grubbs 6-1, 6-1 and 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 Eaton blanked Anthony Dixon and Alex Dixon 8-0.