DOBSON — A change of venue wasn’t enough for the Surry Central tennis team to reverse the verdict of last week’s season opener against county rival Mount Airy.
The Golden Eagles played host to the Granite Bears on Monday afternoon, and the teams matched up in the same way except for one swap at the end of the Central lineup, and the result was another sweep for Mount Airy, which improved to 2-0 on the season.
The swap of the 4-5 spots in the Central lineup did pay some dividends, however. The closest that any of the Eagles came to earning a set victory came at the No. 4 singles, where Seth Buie, who played at 5 last week against Mount Airy, pushed Owen Perkins to a first-set tiebreaker before Perkins held on to win 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
In that match, Buie actually broke Perkins to open the match, and led 5-4 and 6-5 before Perkins was able to get the break back and force a tiebreaker, which he pulled out. In set two, Perkins led 3-2 before sweeping the last three games and claiming the win.
The only other close match was at No. 6 singles, where Cayden Hill outlasted Rodrigo Landaverde 6-4, 7-5. Hill won the first three games of set one, but gave up a break and was only up 5-4 when he held serve to win set one. In the second set, Landaverde turned the tables and he won the first three games. Hill rallied with a break at 3-5 and then earned another one at 5-5, which gave him the chance to complete the comeback and serve out the match, which he did.
The other singles matches saw Hunt Harrison defeat Brandon Norman 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1; Emory Bray down Zane Joplin 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2; Hunter Eaton shut out Alex Burns at No. 3; and Kaleb Morrison beat Corbin Collins 6-0, 6-1. Hill’s win at No. 6 was the one that gave the Bears a 5-0 lead and secured the team win, while Perkins and Buie’s match was the last one on the court.
Mount Airy lost just two service games in sweeping the doubles, although Norman and Joplin put up a strong fight at No. 1, including a service break, before falling 8-5 to Harrison and Bray. At No. 2, Eaton and Perkins downed Burns and Buie 8-2. The third doubles match saw Morrison and Hill defeat Collins and Landaverde 8-1 despite allowing a service break late in the match.
The Bears will host West Stokes today, then visit R.J. Reynolds on Thursday and East Wilkes on Friday to complete last week’s match that was suspended due to rain. The Eagles will host East Wilkes on Wednesday afternoon.