WALNUT COVE — After a long layoff, Mount Airy’s tennis team finally got back onto the courts Thursday afternoon and scored a decisive victory over Northwest 1A Conference newcomer South Stokes.
The Lady Bears (4-2, 1-0 NW1A), ranked No. 4 in the latest N.C. High School Tennis Coaches’ Association’s 1A poll, won all six singles matches in straight sets and also were unchallenged in the doubles, losing just two games in those three matches.
The closest thing to a competitive match came at the No. 2 singles, where sophomore Meredith Marion returned to the Mount Airy lineup after a week’s absence. She showed no signs of rust in sweeping the first set, but then dropped two service breaks in the second set against Hannah Fischer and had to battle for a 6-0, 7-5 win. No other Lady Bear lost more than four games.
Elizabeth Marion handled Hannah King 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and the Sauras’ Kaitlin Tew managed to win three games at No. 4 singles before losing 6-1, 6-2 to Mount Airy’s Ashtyn Myers in the match that clinched the team win for the Lady Bears. At No. 5, Anna Kate Tucker trailed 1-2 in the first set and then won 11 games in a row to beat Harmony Templan 6-2, 6-0. Olivia Malone defeated Lucy Patterson by the same score at No. 6, ending her set with nine straight won games. At No. 3 singles, Olivia Perkins nearly pulled off a double bagel. defeating Anna Quesenberry 6-0, 6-1.
The Marions were already done with their singles matches and went ahead and played King and Fischer at No. 1 doubles while Malone’s singles match was still on the court. They won 8-1 and were actually the sixth team point for Mount Airy, with the No. 6 singles concluding shortly thereafter. The order didn’t much matter, as Myers and Tucker dusted Quesenberry and Tew 8-1 at No. 2 doubles. Perkins and Malone started the No. 3 doubles last and were the last to wrap up, but scored an 8-0 shutout over Julian Padgett and Ariel Haynes.
Mount Airy will host Bishop McGuinness (4-2) on Monday evening.