While local volleyball teams wind down the regular season this week and football and soccer still have about a month to go, postseason action is already under way for local tennis teams.
On Wednesday afternoon, Surry Central’s five-time reigning Western Piedmont Athletic Conference titlists sent two of its doubles teams to the regionals for the second year in a row. While last fall, the Lady Eagles’ top two teams played each other for the crown, this season saw a 1-3 finish for Central, which enjoyed an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history.
The school’s No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Pardue and Sarah Wyble won the conference championship on the courts at host West Stokes High School, while the Lady Eagles’ No. 2 doubles team of Sarah Marion and Haily Robertson finished third. Both teams will advance to regional play next week.
Action was also under way in the Northwest 1A Conference tournament on Wednesday and Thursday. This tournament was held at Mount Airy High School. Championship and third-place matches ran deep into the evening on Thursday, and complete results were not available by press time. However, there was a mild upset in the singles tournament, as East Surry’s No. 2 player, junior Abigail Martin, won the conference title. Martin was the Lady Cardinals’ top entry in the singles, as No. 1 player Haley Jennelle chose to enter the doubles tournament along with partner Sarah Mann. Martin worked her way through the field and took on Bishop McGuinness’ top player, Becky Auger, in the championship match. Interestingly, Auger had defeated Jennelle four times in the past two seasons before losing to her on Monday when the teams played a tiebreaker match for the top seed in the playoffs. Three days later, the Villains’ No. 1 fell to the Lady Cards’ No. 2 player as well.
Jennelle and Mann went on to win the doubles title, giving East Surry a clean sweep of the NW1A’s 2017 tennis titles. The Lady Cardinals won the regular season team title, along with the singles and doubles tournament crowns.
Among those earmarked for regional action next week are Martin, Jennelle, Mann and Mount Airy’s top doubles team of Elizabeth and Meredith Marion. A full report on the results will appear in tomorrow’s issue of the Mount Airy News.