WINSTON-SALEM — The East Surry tennis team opened up play in the Northwest Conference on Tuesday, and the Lady Cardinals kept their stellar start to the 2016 season rolling against Atkins.
East Surry earned a 6-3 win over the Lady Camels to improve to 5-0, 1-0 on the year.
The Cardinals went 4-2 in the singles portion of the match, with the only two losses coming at the top two seeds. Atkins’ Diana Alexandrov dropped the first set to Haley Jennelle at 5-7, but the Lady Camels’ top seed bounced back to win the second set 6-0 and take the tiebreak at 10-8.
At No. 2, Atkins’ Yinka Mason earned two tight set victories over Abigail Martin. Mason finished the match off with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
However, East Surry swept the bottom four seeds in convincing fashion. No. 3 Klaudia Tucker easily defeated Sommer Stephens with a 6-0, 6-2 win. No. 4 Mikayla Manuel had a tight win in set one, but cruised in set two with a 7-5, 6-0 victory.
East Surry’s No. 5 seed, Sarah Mann, had the easiest match of the day with a double-bagel victory over Area Leslie. No. 6 Carson Payne guaranteed East Surry would hold a lead heading into doubles with a 6-0, 6-4 win.
Atkins’ two singles winners combined to earn the Camels’ only win in doubles. Alexandrov and Mason teamed up to defeat Jennelle and Martin with an 8-5 win.
The Lady Cardinals cruised in the final two doubles matches. Tucker and Manuel earned a 10-1 win while Mann and Payne matched their teammates and recorded a 10-1 victory of their own.
East Surry will try to remain unbeaten with its stiffest test of the season just around the corner. The Lady Cardinals will host Bishop McGuinness on Thursday in Pilot Mountain.