Mount Airy swept North Stokes 9-0 in tennis, buoyed by the return of Elizabeth Dinkins.
The lengthy senior skipped singles, but teamed up with Jade Hughes to win their doubles match 8-1.
“She looks good out there,” remarked Coach Julian McKenzie of North Stokes.
Dinkins had missed all 13 matches up to this point — including two nonconference losses on the road — with an undisclosed illness.
With endurance sure to be an issue, Coach Scott Kniskern has said that he might play Dinkins only in doubles for the rest of the regular season.
The Bears didn’t need any help in singles for this match, taking all six to decide the winner before doubles even started.
Top seed Jordan Jackson swept Rebecca Gunter 6-0, 6-0. Davi Barbour won 6-1, 6-1 over Mallie Ziglar.
Jade Hughes beat Miranda Hammonds 6-2, 6-0. Haley Thomas won 6-3, 6-1 over Hannah Mabe.
Bree Hughes won 6-0, 6-2 over Brittany Foley, and Carley VanHoy won 6-1, 6-2 over Nicole Foley.
Dinkins and Jade Hughes won their match against Hammonds and Mabe.
Barbour and Thomas won 8-2 against Gunter and Ziglar.
VanHoy and Jai Daniels won 8-1 over the third doubles team.
The Bears have a big matchup today as Bishop McGuinness comes to town. Mount Airy won 7-2 in the first meeting, but several of the matches were close.