There was no letdown for the Mount Airy tennis team.
One day after knocking off Bishop McGuinness to take the outright lead in the Northwest 1A Conference, the Granite Bears stepped back out of conference play to take on county rival North Surry, and claimed a 9-0 victory for the team’s sixth shutout of the year.
Mount Airy (9-1 overall) lost no more than two games in any individual match, and three of the six singles matches were double-bagel wins over the Greyhounds, who started two sophomores and four freshmen against the Bears’ lineup of three freshmen, two sophomores and senior Hunt Harrison.
Emory Bray was the first Mount Airy player to wrap up his win, shutting out Cole Richardson at No. 2 singles. Kaleb Morrison, playing at No. 4, made it 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Scott Shore, and then third-seeded Owen Perkins scored a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Jarrett Hiatt. Cayden Hill shut out Dalton Quesinberry at No. 5, and then Harrison locked up the team win for the Bears when he finished his shutout of Wesley Nichols. Hernan Ramirez completed the singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Logan Haynes at No. 6.
Mount Airy lost just two service games during the singles portion of the competition.
The doubles went much the same. Harrison and Bray blanked Nichols and Shore 8-0, and then Morrison and Ramirez did the same to Quesinberry and Haynes. The only match left on the court was the No. 2 doubles, where Perkins and Hill dropped an early service break and trailed 1-2 before running off seven straight wins to end the match with an 8-2 victory over Richardson and Hiatt.
The Bears will cross the border and visit Galax today. The Hounds will return to conference play and visit South Stokes.