Mount Airy’s girls’ tennis team had no complaints about how it began the 2016 season on Monday evening.
The Lady Bears, fielding a veteran lineup that includes four seniors and two juniors, rolled to a 9-0 victory over visiting East Wilkes in the first official match of the season for both teams.
Mount Airy’s top three singles players all won in straight sets by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores, with none of the trio losing a service game. Elizabeth Marion downed Maddi Lester, Bailey Jackson defeated Kari Hodges, and Maya Hicks took down Brie Jarvis to give the Lady Bears a quick 3-0 lead in the team score.
Elizabeth Bray got a little bit of a fight from East Wilkes’ Kinsey Crabb, with Mount Airy already on top with four match victories to none for the visiting Lady Cardinals. Leading 3-1 in the opening set, Bray faltered a bit and coughed up a service break, but then righted the ship by losing just one more game the rest of the way in a 6-2, 6-1 victory that gave the Lady Bears their first team win of 2016.
Just before Bray locked her win up, No. 6 singles player Lisa Omuro had scored a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lady Cardinals’ sophomore Leah Nance, the only non-senior in the East Wilkes singles lineup.
The only suspense in the singles came at No. 4, where Mount Airy’s Logan King got into a tightly-contested showdown with East’s Abby Reeves. King was broken at 5-3 in the opening set, but broke back for a 6-4 set victory. However, she held serve just twice in set two, which ended with Reeves prevailing by the same 6-4 margin. Reeves won three of the first four points in the tiebreaker set, but King rallied to lead 5-4 and then traded blows en route to a 6-4, 4-6, (10-8) victory and a clean sweep of the singles for the home team.
In the doubles, Marion and Jackson downed Lester and Jarvis 8-2 at No. 1, and then King and Bray prevailed by an identical score over Hodges and Reeves at No. 2. Only Hicks and Omuro got a challenge, in the last match of the evening. They won the first game, but fell behind 2-3 before reeling off four straight wins. Then Crabb and Nance rallied and won four straight of their own, breaking the Lady Bears’ duo twice. After the teams traded wins to leave the Wilkes team on top 8-7, Omuro held serve for her team and forced a tiebreaker. Hicks and Omuro then won all seven points in the tiebreaker to wrap up the shutout victory for Mount Airy.
The Lady Bears will host Elkin this evening.
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