Getting upset by county rival Surry Central on Monday must have put the Mount Airy tennis team in a bad frame of mind.
The Granite Bears took out their frustrations on visiting North Surry during a Wednesday afternoon non-conference tilt, shutting out the Greyhounds 9-0 for their 17th victory of the season against just two defeats.
Mount Airy, which was competing without second seed Harrison Morris for the second straight match, wasn’t affected by his absence at all against North Surry. Two of the Bear singles players walked away with double-bagel victories, and one of the doubles matches was a shutout as well. The only match in which the visitors were competitive was at No. 5 singles, where the Hounds’ John Nichols carried the opening set to a tiebreaker before losing to Owen Perkins, and then fighting hard in the second set before succumbing 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. The 10 games that Nichols won were three more than the rest of the North Surry singles players combined.
Top seed Hunt Harrison and No. 3 Emory Bray both went through their singles matches without losing a game. No. 2 Gentry Williamson downed Alex Jones 6-2, 6-0; Grey Tucker topped Austin York 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4; and Hunter Eaton posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dylan Hiatt. Mount Airy was broken on serve only four times during the singles matches, and the only one that mattered was when Perkins was broken while serving for the first set at 6-5. His loss forced the tiebreaker, where Perkins regained control of the match by winning the first four games.
With Morris still out of the lineup and Mount Airy having already clinched the team win, coach Rodney Pell did some experimenting in the lineup with the doubles. Bray and Eaton teamed up for the first time all season, where they beat Wesley Nichols and York 8-3. The Bear tandem won seven of the first nine games, then were broken on serve while serving for the win. They broke back in the next game for the win.
Harrison and Williamson scored three service breaks in their 8-3 victory over Jones and John Smith at No. 1 doubles. This was the most competitive of the doubles matches and was the final match of the evening to be completed. At No. 3 doubles, Tucker and Perkins claimed an 8-0 shutout of Hiatt and Edgar Aguirre.
With the win, Mount Airy staked its claim to the unofficial Surry County tennis title with a 7-1 record against the other four schools in the county.
The Bears will host 4A Reagan High School (9-5) this evening to wind up the regular season.