Locals knocked from regional tennis playoffs

First Posted: 5/4/2015

Nine local tennis players went into the 1A and 2A regional tournaments, but none could hang long enough to qualify for the state tournament.

Mount Airy won its opening singles and doubles matches on Friday before falling in the second round.

The 2A teams got a later start because of rain Friday, but the six local players were all knocked out of the first round Saturday in the 2A Midwest Regional.

Surry Central’s two doubles teams and singles player Cole Leonard all went down, along with North Surry’s Corbin Willard.

“There are some good tennis players out there,” said Central coach Mark Parsons. “When you get to regionals, it’s a different story … the cream of the crop.”

Central seniors Kirk Needham and Weston Mosley were the fourth seed taking on a lower seed, but lost in three sets.

Kirk and Weston had some chances to advance, but they just couldn’t make it over the hump, said Parsons.

North Surry coach Drew Belton said his top player drew the toughest matchup in singles.

Willard won the Western Piedmont singles title as a junior and was second this season.

However, the 2A Midwest only seeds the four best players in the field, as agreed upon by the coaches. After that, the matchups are determined simply by a blind draw.

Corbin drew the top seed, Brett Moore, West Davidson, who was a state qualifier last season, said Belton.

The coach said he didn’t tell Corbin that Moore was the top seed, and the senior went out and fought long and hard in a 6-2, 6-2 loss.

He was battling on every point and made it a much tougher first-round match than the best players usually face, according to the coach.

The 2A tournament was scheduled to start Friday, but was rained out. The event started on Saturday, but couldn’t finish all the matches in one day. The semifinals and finals took place on Monday.

Team Playoffs

In the dual-team playoffs, Mount Airy goes to Avery on Tuesday for what looks like an easy win on paper.

Avery was the only 1A team in a split conference and got in despite an 0-8 record, noted Bear coach Rodney Pell.

Not only did the school get in, Avery was handed a first-round bye.

The rest of the 1A West looks very tight.

Bishop McGuiness hosts Lincoln Charter, which upset East Montgomery in the first round. Community School of Davidson travels to Elkin, which received a first-round bye. Bishop and Elkin could face off in the 1A West semifinals if they both win.

Albemarle hosts Pine Lake Prep, with the winners taking on the Mount Airy-Avery winner in the regional semifinals. Both Albemarle and Pine Lake Prep displayed some strong players in Friday’s 1A regional tournament in Elkin.

On the 2A side, both Western Piedmont teams had tough draws in the playoffs.

Surry Central, the second seed from the local conference, faced undefeated Brevard. Conference champion West Stokes hosted wild card Owen, whose only loss came to one of 2A’s best teams.

Brevard blanked Central 6-0 in singles and will face another undefeated team in Shelby.

That was the best team the Eagles saw all season, Parsons said of Brevard. At every seed, the home team was just a notch or two better in talent, but Central remained positive, energetic and showed good sportsmanship.

West Stokes defeated Owen and travels to Wilkes Central, which shut out Lexington in the first round.

Also on that side of the bracket, Newton-Conover faces Lake Norman Charter.

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