The Mount Airy girls’ tennis team kicked off its season with a dominating display over the West Stokes Wildcats on Monday. The Lady Bears (1-0) cruised to an 8-0 victory and only dropped 10 games in all the matches combined.
Specifically impressive were Mount Airy’s top-five seeds. The five ladies only lost two games total, and were never broken on serve.
Second-seeded Elizabeth Marion continued her hot play and followed her Granite Bear Women’s Invitational victory with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Stephanie Henry.
Mount Airy’s top seed, senior Lauren Brintle, also cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep. The final singles’ sweep came from Maya Hicks, who defeated Catherine Machand 6-0, 6-0.
The only other senior on the roster, Coleman Craddock, was impressive as Mount Airy’s three-seed on Monday. She easily defeated her opponent with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Craddock and Brintle are two seniors who have minimal experience because of the depth on previous Lady Bear squads, but the two will have very important roles this season.
Logan King, the fifth-seed for the Granite Bears, defeated her opponent 6-1, 3-0. Rebekah Martin was forced to withdraw due to an illness.
The closest match of the day was between six-seeds Carleigh Lovill (Mount Airy) and Laicey Sawyers (West Stokes). Lovill went up 1-0 in both sets before falling behind 2-3.
From this point, Lovill rallied to win two straight games and take a 4-3 lead before overcoming her opponent and finishing off the singles’ sweep for Mount Airy.
The Granite Bears also conquered the doubles’ portion, winning both matches 8-0. Brintle and Craddock formed the first doubles’ team while Marion and Maya Hicks made up the ladder.
Mount Airy’s next match will be Tuesday at home against the North Surry Greyhounds.
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