At this point, the ever-improving Mount Airy tennis team is just seeking to pile up victories.
Four days after taking league rival Bishop McGuinness to the brink, the Lady Bears were back in action against South Stokes on Tuesday evening, and scored a 9-0 victory while hardly breaking a sweat. Seven of the 15 sets were won by the Lady Bears without losing a single game.
Mount Airy (8-5, 5-3 Northwest Conference) needs victories to add to its resume for a likely at-large berth in the upcoming NCHSAA 1A state playoffs. The Lady Bears are two games behind both Bishop McGuinness and East Surry in a league that has just two automatic playoff berths. Last year, the conference earned a third playoff berth, but this is not guaranteed.
If they keep playing like they did on Tuesday, the defending West Regional champs will earn their chance to defend that honor on the courts next month. Mount Airy swept the singles, with sisters Meredith and Elizabeth Marion opening the rout of the Sauras with victories of 6-2, 6-1 over Hannah Fischer and 6-1, 6-3 over Hannah King, respectively. Olivia Perkins was next to finish up, scoring a double bagel win at third singles. Anna Kate Tucker made it 4-0 in the team tally with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Harmony Templan at No. 5 singles. Ashtyn Myers’ 6-0, 6-2 win over Kaitlin Tow at No. 4 singles gave the Lady Bears the team win. Olivia Malone closed out the singles by defeating Lucy Patterson 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6.
With things already well in hand, head coach Rodney Pell decided to give two of his freshmen a chance to play at No. 3 doubles. Hailey Martin and Katherine Bray drew the assignment against Ariel Haynes and Patterson. Leading 3-2, the Lady Bear tandem lost serve, but held from there and then broke back to lead 5-4. A second break at 7-5 carried them to the victory in the last match of the day.
The other two doubles matches were shutouts. The Marions blanked King and Fischer 8-0, and Perkins and Malone did the same against Tow and Templan.
The Lady Bears will visit Forbush, the second-place team in the Western Piedmont 2A, today, and then host North Stokes on Thursday.