EAST BEND — The North Surry tennis team has had trouble getting matches in the last two weeks, with rainy conditions forcing schedules to be shifted around. But the fitful schedule doesn’t seem to have affected the team’s performance.
The Greyhounds made it onto the court Monday evening, and the sunny conditions provided the perfect backdrop for a 9-0 rout of Forbush.
North Surry went through the entire match virtually unchallenged. The only difficult match for the Hounds came when Casey Willard had to come from behind and beat Carmin Wilkins 2-6, 7-5 (10-2) in order to preserve the shutout. No other singles match saw more than six lost games by a North Surry player, and the doubles were equally one-sided.
“Casey was playing a lot better from the second set on, with a lot of confidence,” said coach Maggie McKee of her No. 2 singles player, who is recovering from a concussion earlier this year. “This was the best I’ve seen her play in the last couple of weeks.”
The highlight of the match came at No. 1 singles, where both Taylor Tickle and the Falcons’ Alisha Baity entered the match undefeated for the season. It appeared to have the potential for a barnburner, but Tickle emerged still unbeaten with a 6-2, 6-2 win.
“They had played everyone but each other in conference and were both undefeated,” said McKee. “They have very similar playing styles, but Taylor was a little more consistent.”
In the other singles matches, Rebecca Parson defeated Olivia Felk 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3, and down the line, Emily Harrison topped Aileen Rosales 6-4, 6-2; Emily Smith beat Victoria Wingler 6-2, 6-2; and Cassie Barker downed Alyssa Southern 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, Tickle and Parsons beat Baity and Wilkins 8-2, Willard and Barker did the same to Felk and Rosales by the same score, and Harrison and Smith did them one better by defeating Whitley Crater and Jasmine Evans by an 8-1 count at No. 3 doubles.
The Greyhounds are in a tight battle for second place in the Western Piedmont 2-A Conference, with a 5-2 mark in conference matches. Surry Central leads the league and is unbeaten in conference play, but North Surry is just behind South Stokes in the battle for second.
The Sauras beat the Hounds 5-4 on Sept. 24, but the teams began a rematch last Wednesday in which North Surry had won four of the six singles matches before rain stopped the match. The teams will contest the doubles this Wednesday, and one match win for the Hounds will give them victory.
“I’m very proud of the way we played tonight,” said McKee. “We’re definitely ready to finish the season strong.”
North Surry visits conference leader Surry Central on Thursday evening, and will have Senior Night on Monday when Forbush comes to town for a rematch.
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