The Mount Airy Granite Bears boys’ tennis team picked up its third win on the season after hosting and defeating the West Stokes Wildcats by a 7-0 mark on Tuesday. The match started a little earlier than normally scheduled due to the threat of potential rain and scattered showers.
Freshman Kaleb Morrison gathered the first Granite Bear team point with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 5 singles against William Swink. Hunter Eaton at the No. 3 was poised to win his second consecutive shutout when Ian Simpson held serve at 5-0. Emory Bray at the No. 2 spot rallied from a 1-2 deficit in the first set to a 6-2, 6-1 win. No. 4 Owen Perkins was down 1-2 in the second set, but came back to claim the 6-1, 6-2 victory. Hunt Harrison suffered the only service break in singles for the Granite Bears when he was contended and broken at 2-0 in his second set. However, he made no other mistakes and won easily, 6-1, 6-1, to claim the team victory for the Bears. Cayden Hill concluded singles for the Granite Bears with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over opponent Christian Thigpen.
The No. 2 duo from Eaton and Perkins rallied with a 5-0 lead before falling short and losing their service game, but later earned a break at 7-1 to serve for the match, and took it for an 8-2 win. Harrison and Bray held a 5-4 lead at No. 1 singles when rain called a halt to their match, while Morrison and Hill were up 7-1 and closing in on victory when the same fate befelled them.
Mount Airy will travel to Central Piedmont 4A R. J. Reynolds to continue play today with a 4:30 p.m. start.