DOBSON — The Surry Central girls’ tennis team was immediately put to the test in the first round of the 2A state playoffs.
After an undefeated season in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, the Lady Eagles split the six singles matches with Ashe County and needed to take two out of the three doubles affairs to clinch the victory.
The duo of Sommer Chilton and Mallory Wilmoth gave Surry Central its first win in doubles, while Sarah Wyble and Hannah Pardue combined to give the Lady Eagles its final victory in a 5-4 win over the Huskies.
Chilton and Wilmoth came away with a 10-4 win in doubles against Keely Cuddell and Josie Cooper.
Surry Central’s top pairing also provided the Lady Eagles with two singles victories as well. Chilton used a 6-0, 6-3 score line to finish off Cuddell in singles, and Wilmoth followed her partner’s stellar performance with a 6-2, 6-0 win.
However, the 3-4-5 seeds of Surry Central were unable to keep pace. Third seed Hope Hinson fell 6-1, 6-1 to Caroline Current, and No. 4 seed Wyble dropped her match to Cooper, 6-2, 6-3.
Fifth-seeded Anna Senter wrapped up the singles losses for Surry Central with a 6-1, 6-3 setback to Callie Powell.
Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, Pardue clinched a tie heading into doubles with a win out of her six-seed slot. Pardue rolled Anna Corley 6-1, 6-1.
Hinson and Senter were the only ladies to fall in doubles, losing to Church and Current 10-6.
Surry Central will now look to extend its playoff lives against the Central Academy Cougars (17-2). The Lady Eagles will host the Cougars next Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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