DOBSON — The seniors on the Surry Central boys tennis team went out in style on Monday.
The Golden Eagles hosted their rivals from Mount Airy in Surry Central’s final home match of the regular season and handed the Granite Bears their first non-conference loss of the year. The Eagles earned a 5-4 victory, and it came down to the very last match of the day.
With the teams deadlocked at four match victories, Surry Central’s Cole Leonard and Brandon Norman battled Mount Airy’s Emory Bray and Grey Tucker in the No. 2 doubles position. Leonard and Norman jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but Bray and Tucker battled back and trailed 5-6.
After each team held serve for two games, Leonard and Norman led 8-7 and broke the Mount Airy duo to come away with a 9-7 victory that clinched the match for the Eagles.
The other two doubles matches on Monday were not nearly as dramatic. Mount Airy’s Hunt Harrison and Gentry Williamson combined to defeat Zach Cochran and Jose Montero 8-2 at the top-seeded doubles match. At No. 3, Surry Central’s Tanner Mears and Austin Gravely earned an 8-3 victory over Owen Perkins and Hunter Eaton.
The singles matches were all fairly mundane on Monday, but the top-seeded showdown was a heavyweight battle between Cochran and Harrison.
Cochran earned a 6-4 win in set one before Harrison bounced back to force a third-set tiebreak with a 6-4 win. In the tiebreak, Harrison went up 3-0 before Cochran rallied for four consecutive points. Cochran held an 11-10 lead and had a match point, but Harrison came back for a 14-12 win.
Mount Airy was without its normal No. 2 seed Harrison Morris on Monday. Gentry Williamson stepped up to the second position but lost a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Leonard. At No. 3, Bray defeated Mears 6-3, 6-1.
Surry Central’s Montero made quick work of Grey Tucker at the four-seed matchup with a 6-0, 6-2 win. Montero was the first winner of the day. The Eagles’ fifth seed was Norman, and he defeated Perkins 6-4, 6-2. Mount Airy’s Eaton gave his team a 6-4, 6-3 win over Austin Sale at the No. 6 position.
Surry Central wraps up its regular season on Wednesday with a conference match at South Stokes. The Bears return to action with another local rivalry match on Wednesday, this time against North Surry.
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