All of a sudden, playing North Surry’s tennis team is becoming a bad idea for those who do so.
The Lady Greyhounds won their second straight match and evened their conference record at 2-2 on Thursday with a 6-3 home win over Western Piedmont Athletic Conference rival Atkins.
North Surry, now 3-6 on the season with five losses to regional 1A or 2A powerhouses, rolled to victory in four of the six singles matches and needed just one victory in doubles to take down the Lady Camels. They got two, with the No. 3 doubles tandem of Juliana Cooke and Madison Stockman taking an 8-1 win over Janie Transou and Chrystal Davis to clinch the victory for the Lady Hounds.
“Great win. We needed a little winning streak to build our confidence,” said North Surry head coach Mark Parsons. “We’re young but getting better, and that’s all I’ve asked of them all year.”
It was just an added bonus when North’s top doubles team of Katherine Parsons and Callie Willard, who were out of action the day before due to an injury to Parsons, scored an 8-6 win over an Atkins doubles team that included standout Yinka Mason, a 1A individual state semifinalist last year.
In the singles, Mason got the better of Parsons at No. 1, but the latter made a respectable showing before falling 6-4, 6-1. However, Willard handed Jackie Nikos a 6-3, 6-1 defeat at second singles. The visitors got their second win of the singles at No. 3, with Sommer Stephens topping Paige Simpson 6-1, 6-3.
However, the bottom end of the singles lineup was all blue and gold. Cooke drubbed Carmara Monae 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4. In the fifth singles, Stockman double-bageled Transou, and at No. 2, Walker downed Davis 6-3, 6-0.
The Lady Hounds go for three in a row when they host North Stokes on Monday.