DOBSON —Surry Central kept up its end of the bargain on Tuesday afternoon and set the stage for what should be the best tennis match that the area has seen so far in 2016.
In what amounted to an impromptu Surry County tennis tournament, the Golden Eagles hosted North Surry and Mount Airy visited East Surry in a pair of matches played under sunny skies 21 miles apart on Tuesday. It was a mere coincidence of scheduling that both Central and Mount Airy won and will face each other today on the Bears’ courts, but the showdown has the potential to provide the unbeaten Bears with their first real challenge of the 2016 season.
The Golden Eagles (2-1, 1-0) were in top form on Tuesday afternoon, losing just 11 games in sweeping the first five singles matches of an 8-1 victory over the Greyhounds. North Surry picked up its only victory when John Nichols won a third-set tiebreaker and a 7-5, 2-6, 11-9 victory over Austin Sale.
The rest of the singles were all Surry Central. Zach Cochran opened up at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Wesley Nichols. Tanner Mears defeated Alex Jones 6-2, 6-3; Jose Montero downed John Smith 6-0, 6-1; Cole Leonard topped Austin York 6-0, 6-4; and Brandon Norman beat Barrett Slate 6-0, 6-1.
The Golden Eagles swept the doubles matches. Cochran and Montero defeated Wesley Nichols and Jones 8-6 at No. 1. At No. 2, Mears and Austin Gravel topped Smith and Cody Gallimore 8-2, and at No. 3, Leonard and Norman beat Austin York and John Nichols 8-3.
The victory was also the first Western Piedmont 2-A Conference match for the Golden Eagles, who are seeking to take the league title after missing out by just one match a year ago.
After playing only sparingly for the first three weeks of the season, Surry Central is in the middle of a stretch of three matches in as many days. After meeting Mount Airy today, the Eagles will host conference rival Forbush on Thursday afternoon.