Lady Eaglescrush Forbush


By John Cate - jcate@mtairynews.com



Very little got past Surry Central’s Hannah Pardue in her double-bagel victory at No. 1 singles on Monday against Forbush.


Cory Smith | The News

The Lady Eagles’ Sarah Wyble was right on this ball as she rolled to victory Monday afternoon.


Cory Smith | The News

Surry Central’s Sarah Marion makes a hard forehand smash in her victory at No. 3 singles in the No. 9 Lady Eagles’ win over Forbush on Monday.


Cory Smith | The News

Mattie Grace Snow scored a straight-set win for undefeated Surry Central at No. 6 singles on Monday afternoon. Snow is a perfect 12-0 in individual matches this season and her team owns the same overall record.


Cory Smith | The News

DOBSON — Round one of the showdown for first place in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference was a rout.

Both Forbush and Surry Central arrived at Monday’s tennis match unbeaten at WPAC play, the Lady Falcons at 5-0 and the Lady Eagles at 7-0. After roughly two hours on the court, it was Central who kept their zero, crushing Forbush 9-0 and putting a stranglehold on its fifth straight conference championship.

Although it will be a few more days before the Lady Eagles (12-0, 8-0 WPAC) can officially clinch the 2017 title, only a collapse of monumental proportions can stop them now. Central, ranked No. 9 in the state’s 2A ranks by the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches Association, didn’t drop a single set in winning its 48th consecutive match since moving up to the 2A ranks in 2013.

The victory was assured even before the teams stepped on the court for the doubles. The Lady Eagles won two of the six singles matches in double-bagel fashion, and no Central player lost more than four games in any set. The Nos. 1 and 5 singles saw Hannah Pardue blank Alyssa Southern, and Mamie Smith do the same to Mollie Hennings. The others weren’t much closer. At No. 2, Sarah Wyble downed Stephanie Swain 6-1, 6-2. She was followed by Sarah Marion topping Megan Smith 6-3, 6-0 at third singles, and Haily Robertson’s 6-2, 6-1 win over Lindsay Ray. The No. 6 singles match was a 6-1, 6-4 victory for Mattie Grace Snow over Rachel Dixon.

Central kept it up in the doubles. Pardue and Wyble teamed up to shut out Southern and Smith. Marion and Robertson defeated Swain and Hennings 8-2, and Smith and Snow scored an 8-4 victory over Ray and Dixon.

Smith and Snow remain unbeaten in singles for the Lady Eagles; Smith is 11-0 and Snow 12-0. As a doubles team, they have lost just once, with a 10-1 slate.

The Lady Eagles will play Forbush (7-5, 5-1) again today in East Bend, and travel to North Surry on Thursday. Wins in both matches will assure Central of no worse than a tie for the conference crown.

Very little got past Surry Central’s Hannah Pardue in her double-bagel victory at No. 1 singles on Monday against Forbush.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_3_cmyk.jpgVery little got past Surry Central’s Hannah Pardue in her double-bagel victory at No. 1 singles on Monday against Forbush. Cory Smith | The News

The Lady Eagles’ Sarah Wyble was right on this ball as she rolled to victory Monday afternoon.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_2_cmyk.jpgThe Lady Eagles’ Sarah Wyble was right on this ball as she rolled to victory Monday afternoon. Cory Smith | The News

Surry Central’s Sarah Marion makes a hard forehand smash in her victory at No. 3 singles in the No. 9 Lady Eagles’ win over Forbush on Monday.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_1_cmyk.jpgSurry Central’s Sarah Marion makes a hard forehand smash in her victory at No. 3 singles in the No. 9 Lady Eagles’ win over Forbush on Monday. Cory Smith | The News

Mattie Grace Snow scored a straight-set win for undefeated Surry Central at No. 6 singles on Monday afternoon. Snow is a perfect 12-0 in individual matches this season and her team owns the same overall record.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_4_cmyk.jpgMattie Grace Snow scored a straight-set win for undefeated Surry Central at No. 6 singles on Monday afternoon. Snow is a perfect 12-0 in individual matches this season and her team owns the same overall record. Cory Smith | The News

By John Cate

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