Welcome to early spring sports, where snow cancels school on Monday and you play a tennis match on Tuesday.
A breezy Tuesday afternoon was the scene of the Mount Airy Bears’ second home match of the 2018 season. The Granite Bears earned win No. 2 on the year with a 9-0 mauling of county foe Elkin.
The Buckin’ Elks (2-1) entered Tuesday’s match undefeated after back-to-back wins over West Wilkes. A notable omission from Elkin’s roster was 2016 state 1A singles champion Ryan Macy. Macy is the Elks’ starting 1-seed, but did not participate in the match against the Bears.
Mount Airy dominated from the opening serve. Third-seeded Hunter Eaton swept Elkin’s Joe Gallion in the first set. Eaton went up 2-0 before losing his serve. Eaton went on to win the second set 6-2 to give Mount Airy its’ first win of the evening.
Next up was Owen Perkins in the fifth-seeded match against Elkin’s Anthony Parrett. Perkins earned a double bagel victory, 6-0, 6-0, shortly after Eaton’s win.
Mount Airy’s Cayden Hill was on his way to a double bagel before dropping his serve in the sixth game of the second set. Hill went on to win the sixth-seed match 6-0, 6-1, over Jose Zuniga.
Emory Bray defeated Holt Jackson 6-0 in first set of the top-seeded match. The Elks’ Jackson rallied in the second set for three games but fell 6-3 to the Mount Airy junior.
Second seed Harrison Morris clinched the match for the Bears with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Elkin’s Patrick Soos.
Kaleb Morrison completed the singles sweep for Mount Airy with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Silas Coley in the fifth-seeded match.
The results of the doubles matches were very similar to that of the singles. Perkins and Hill swept Parrett and Zuniga in third-seed doubles.
Bray and Morris took a 4-0 lead before dropping a game to Elkin’s Jackson and Gallion. The Bears’ duo won out for an 8-1 victory.
Eaton and Morrison actually dropped their first game against the Elks’ Soos and Coley. Eaton and Morrison proceeded to win eight straight games to wrap up the Bears’ sweep.
Mount Airy looks to get over .500 when they travel to Surry Central on March 14. The Elks will next host Alleghany on March 15.
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