DOBSON — Surry Central tennis coach Mark Parsons felt like his team was a little rusty in its first match back from spring break, facing the East Surry Cardinals.
However, the Golden Eagles fought through the rust and were still good enough to come away with an 8-1 victory over their rivals from Pilot Mountain.
Surry Central swept the singles portion of the match in style, with all six winners handling business in just two sets.
Top-seeded Zach Cochran defeated Daniel Hancock 6-3, 6-2 and two seed Cole Leonard earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ryan Sigmon.
Surry Central’s No. 3, Tanner Mears, earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Austin Pardue. Jose Montero cruised to a first-set 6-0 win against Ryan Sutterby before clawing back in the second set for a 7-5 victory. Montero fell behind 3-0 in the second set.
The final two singles’ victories for Surry Central came from No. 5 Brandon Norman and No. 6 Austin Sale. Norman defeated Lucas Bonilla 6-0, 6-2 and Sale handed Brady Jessup a 6-2, 6-3 defeat.
East Surry got its lone win of the match at the No. 3 doubles position. The Cardinal duo of Pardue and Jessup defeated Mears and Sale 8-6.
But the other two doubles’ matches were a pair of 8-3 results in favor of the Golden Eagles. Cochran and Montero defeated Hancock and Sutterby from the top-seed position, and the Surry Central team of Leonard and Norman took down Sigmon and Joey Kenyon.
Surry Central returns to action on Tuesday at home against conference rival South Stokes. East Surry’s next match is a Wednesday road contest against Forbush.
Reach Jackson at 415-4702 and on twitter @jacksonfuller16