The numbers just keep on coming for Surry Central’s tennis team.
Thursday evening bore witness to the fifth consecutive Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championship for the Lady Eagles, although anyone who knows this team understands that they won’t consider the job done until they’ve run the table on the league. They have done that so well in the past five seasons that Central’s 9-0 win at county rival North Surry was the team’s 50th consecutive WPAC victory.
The Lady Eagles (14-0, 10-0 WPAC), who are ranked 10th among the state’s 2A teams in this week’s N.C. Tennis Coaches Association 2A poll, began the streak on Sept. 3, 2013, when Central blanked Forbush 9-0. The two seniors on this year’s team, Sarah Wyble and Edi Nixon, were in the eighth grade when it began.
And it may not end anytime soon. Although the team will have to replace Wyble, a four-year starter, the rest of the starting lineup consists of four juniors and a sophomore.
The Lady Greyhounds have made impressive strides this season, they were no match for Surry County’s top team. The best any of the North Surry players could do in singles came at No. 5, where Julianna Cooke pushed Mamie Smith some before the latter came away with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. Two of Central’s players, third-seeded Sarah Marion and undefeated sixth-seed Mattie Grace Snow, earned double-bagel wins.
In the other matches, Hannah Pardue downed Katherine Parsons 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, Wyble scored a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Callie Willard at No. 2, and Haily Robertson defeated McKensie Bare 6-3, 6-1 at fourth singles.
In the doubles, Pardue and Wyble stopped Parsons and Willard 8-2 at No. 1. The No. 2 doubles was an 8-3 victory for Marion and Robertson over Paige Simpson and Cooke. At No. 3, Central’s Smith and Snow claimed an 8-1 win over Bare and Madison Stockman.
Surry Central has two matches left on its schedule as it eyes a perfect regular season. The team is slated to host Walkertown on Tuesday, but this will likely be a forfeit. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Lady Eagles will have Senior Day and wrap up the regular season with a visit from West Stokes.
North Surry, which fell to 6-9 overall and 5-4 in conference action, hosts Forbush on Monday.