The North Surry tennis team ended a two-match losing streak in dominating fashion on Thursday night.
After dropping contests to two of the top local teams in Mount Airy and Surry Central, the Greyhounds improved to 2-3, 1-1 on the season with an 8-1 victory over South Stokes. Only one of North Surry’s eight victories came with any sort of drama.
The lone tight match of the afternoon came at No. 1 singles, where North Surry’s Alex Jones battled South Stokes’ Thomas Carrol. Jones fell behind, losing the first set 6-7 before tying the match with a 6-3 win in set two.
In the third-set tiebreak, Jones and Carrol battled to an 11-11 tie before Jones found the breakthrough. Two straight points gave him a 13-11 win.
The rest of the singles’ matches were fairly simple for the Hounds. No. 2 Wesley Nichols defeated Jessie Carter 6-4, 6-1. Three-seed John Smith cruised past Fisher Elliot 6-3, 6-3. Austin York, North Surry’s four seed, earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over Dylan Price. No. 5 Barrett Slate was efficient in a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Blake Bullins, and No. 6 John Nichols wrapped things up with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Zach Fields.
The doubles’ section was where South Stokes got its lone victory. The Sauras’ No. 2 pairing of Carroll and Price scratched out a 9-8 (10-4) win over Wesley and John Nichols.
However, North Surry experienced smooth victories in the other two doubles matches. The top-seeded duo of Jones and Smith won 8-4, and the third-seeded team, Slate and Cody Gallimore, earned an 8-1 victory.
North Surry has a trio of matches on the ledger during spring break, starting with Monday’s home contest against East Wilkes.