An outstanding season of tennis for the Mount Airy girls ended one game short of a regular-season conference title, but the Lady Bears will be back it this afternoon as the hosts for the Northwest 1-A Conference singles and doubles tournament.
Mount Airy and East Surry, which finished in third place, one game back of the Lady Bears as the only team in the league to beat champs Bishop McGuinness during the season, will compete. Both schools will have two singles players and two doubles teams.
The singles matches will start at 4 p.m. Three players have byes into the second round at 7. Makeena Mason of Atkins and Brittany Brown of North Stokes have the top two seeds. The third seed, Atkins’ Diana Alexandrov, also received a walkover. At No. 4 is the Lady Bears’ Elizabeth Marion, who faces Walkertown’s Lisa Anderson at 4, with the winner to face the winner of fifth-seeded Tiffany King of East Surry and Jalissa Lumpkins of Winston-Salem Prep.
Two other local players face each other in the opening round. The Cardinals’ Makayla Keener is the seventh seed, and takes on No. 10 Logan King at 4. The winner will play Brown.
Doubles matches will get under way at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Bears’ Lauren Brintle and Coleman Craddock have the No. 2 seed in the event and a first-round bye, and won’t play until the second round at about 7:3o. Also representing Mount Airy are No. 5 seeds Maya Hicks and Elizabeth Bray, who will play Deisha Reid and Dezah Brooks of Winston-Salem Prep at 5:30.
For East Surry, Allie Hawks and Klaudia Tucker earned the No. 3 seed and will take on Alyssa Collins and Brittany Rogers of North Stokes. The Cardinals’ Mikayla Manuel and Abigail Martin are the fourth seed, and play Brooke Shockley and Kaitlyn Luhti of Atkins. Both of these matches will take place at 5:30.
Second-round winners in the tournament will play on Wednesday at 4 p.m., with the championship matches to follow at 6:30.
All matches in the tournament are under a different format. If the players split the first two sets, they will play an entire third set to decide the winner, rather than a tiebreaker.