WINSTON-SALEM — The start of Northwest 1-A Conference action proved no impediment to the fine start to the 2016 season that the Mount Airy tennis team is enjoying.
The Granite Bears hit the road for their league opener on Tuesday afternoon and pummeled the Atkins Camels 9-0, not dropping a single set along the way while racking up five 6-0 sets.
Mount Airy (4-0) swept through the singles matches with only one player losing more than three games. The Camels’ No. 6 singles player, Jared Solomon, provided something of a challenge for the Bears’ Hunter Eaton but still lost 6-2, 6-4. In that match, Eaton held a 5-4 lead in the second set and broke Solomon’s serve to end the singles. Mount Airy had already clinched the team win when Emory Bray polished off Arel D’Agostino 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4.
Third seed Gentry Williamson was the first to end his match, downing Akshat Dixit 6-3, 6-0. Hunt Harrison wrapped up the No. 1 singles over Dillon Jennings by an identical score, and then Harris Morris did the same at No. 3, beating Josh Woodard by the same 6-3, 6-0 margin.
Grey Tucker did everyone one better at No. 5 singles, losing just two games in beating Jonathon Grubbs 6-0, 6-2. He nearly did better than that, winning the first 11 games. He was serving for a double-bagel win when broken by Grubbs. The Camel then beat Tucker on his own serve before finally succumbing.
In the doubles, Mount Airy swept to victory again. Harrison and Morris wrapped the No. 1 doubles up first, defeating Jennings and Woodard 8-2. Williamson and Bray topped D’Agostino and Grubbs 8-3, and then Eaton and Owen Perkins got a bit of a fight from Atkins’ Dixit and Anthony Dixon. The Bears’ No. 3 team lost serve twice and trailed 3-4 before winning four straight games to take the lead. Needing just one more win and with darkness looming, Perkins lost serve to close the gap to 7-5, but then the Mount Airy due broke back and won the match 8-5 to complete the sweep.
The Bears will host Walkertown this afternoon.