Bear tennis hammers Walkertown

Staff Report

WALKERTOWN — If homestanding Walkertown was hoping for a letdown on the part of the Mount Airy tennis team, the Wolfpack was sorely mistaken on Tuesday evening.

The undefeated Granite Bears stayed that way with a dominating performance, posting four double-bagel victories out of the six singles matches, then sweeping the doubles while losing just a single game. During the entire match, Mount Airy (12-0, 6-0 Northwest 1-A Conference) was broken on serve only one time.

It was some of the down in the lineup Bears who finished off their opponents the quickest. Emory Bray scored the first Mount Airy point with a shutout of Rich Lyons at No. 4 singles. Owen Perkins quickly followed suit at No. 5, blanking Tucker Gowan. Gentry Williamson followed with a shutout of his own at No. 3, over Wesley Briles. The last double bagel was at No. 2, with Harrison Morris downing Lucas Dickson. The Bears led 4-0 and had a perfect scoresheet at this point.

The Wolfpack managed to win games in the Nos. 1 and 6 matches. Hunt Harrison won the first three games against Jarod Gardy before dropping one, but then won nine in a row to complete a 6-1, 6-0 victory. At No. 6, Hunter Eaton blanked Clayton Woody in the first set and then lost two games in the second before breaking Woody at 5-2 to end the match.

The victory was already assured, but the Bears continued to dominate in the doubles. Gandy and Briles actually scored a service break against Harrison and Morris in the No. 1 doubles match, but still trailed 3-1 at that point. The Bear tandem immediately broke back for 4-1 and then won out for an 8-1 victory. Williamson and Bray had no trouble with Dickson and Gowan at No. 2, and neither did Eaton and Grey Tucker at No. 3, facing Woody and Alex Marshall. Both of those matches ended in 8-0 whitewashes.

Mount Airy will have a chance to all but lock up the 2016 NW1A crown on Thursday afternoon, when Bishop McGuinness comes to the Granite City for a rematch. The Bears beat Bishop 7-2 in Kernersville on Monday, handing the Villains their only loss of the season.

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