Bears down Hounds in tennis opener

By John Cate - jcate@mtairynews.com
Mount Airy No. 1 singles player Emory Bray began his junior campaign with a straight-set victory on Monday against North Surry. - John Cate | The News
Harrison Morris missed all of 2017 with an injury, but returned to make his senior season debut on Monday with a victory at No. 2 singles in the Granite Bears’ opener with North Surry. - John Cate | The News
Hunter Eaton of Mount Airy and Dalton Quesinberry of North Surry take a break between sets in their No. 3 singles match on Monday evening. - John Cate | The News
The Greyhounds’ Cole Richardson shows good form on this serve in his No. 1 singles match against Mount Airy on Monday. - - John Cate | The News
North Surry’s Connor Nichols charges to the net for this ball in his No. 2 singles match on Monday. - - John Cate | The News

Thanks to bad weather last week, the 2018 tennis season started a week late for Mount Airy and North Surry, and with an non-conference showdown between the rival schools on Monday evening.

It turned out to be a strong debut for the defending Northwest 1A Conference co-champion Granite Bears, who swept their county rivals 9-0 in the first official match on the resurfaced tennis courts at Mount Airy High School.

Mount Airy, which returns five starters from last season and regains the services of No. 2 singles player Harrison Morris, who missed all of last season with a knee injury in preseason, lost just three games in sweeping the six singles matches. Morris, the team’s only senior, lost two games in the second set of his win over Connor Nichols. No. 6 singles player Cayden Hill beat William Gonzalez 6-1, 6-0. The other four matches were straight-set sweeps, with No. 1 Emory Bray defeating Cole Richardson, No. 3 Hunter Eaton downing Dalton Quesinberry, fourth-seeded Kaleb Morrison beating Caleb Doss and No. 5 Owen Perkins doing the same to Michael Martin. Eaton’s win was the first to be completed, Bray’s gave Mount Airy the team win, and the Morris-Nichols match was the last to finish up.

Strangely enough, all three of the games lost by Mount Airy were lost on serve. Gonzalez broke Hill at 3-0 in set one, and Nichols did the same to Morris at 1-0 and 4-1 in set two.

The Bears blanked the Greyhounds in doubles, with Bray and Morris winning at No. 1 over Richardson and Nichols, Eaton and Morrison doing the same at second doubles over Quesinberry and Martin, and Perkins and Hill beating Doss and Gonzalez.

Weather permitting, the Bears will travel to Reagan today. The team’s scheduled matches with R.J. Reynolds and East Wilkes which were postponed last week will be made up, but no date has been announced.

The Hounds are slated to travel to Atkins today for a Western Piedmont Athletic Conference match. North will make up its postponed match from last week with Walkertown on March 27.

Mount Airy No. 1 singles player Emory Bray began his junior campaign with a straight-set victory on Monday against North Surry.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ma1DSC_0192.jpgMount Airy No. 1 singles player Emory Bray began his junior campaign with a straight-set victory on Monday against North Surry. John Cate | The News

Harrison Morris missed all of 2017 with an injury, but returned to make his senior season debut on Monday with a victory at No. 2 singles in the Granite Bears’ opener with North Surry.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ma2DSC_0238.jpgHarrison Morris missed all of 2017 with an injury, but returned to make his senior season debut on Monday with a victory at No. 2 singles in the Granite Bears’ opener with North Surry. John Cate | The News

Hunter Eaton of Mount Airy and Dalton Quesinberry of North Surry take a break between sets in their No. 3 singles match on Monday evening.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_no3DSC_0241.jpgHunter Eaton of Mount Airy and Dalton Quesinberry of North Surry take a break between sets in their No. 3 singles match on Monday evening. John Cate | The News

The Greyhounds’ Cole Richardson shows good form on this serve in his No. 1 singles match against Mount Airy on Monday.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ns1DSC_0203.jpgThe Greyhounds’ Cole Richardson shows good form on this serve in his No. 1 singles match against Mount Airy on Monday. John Cate | The News

North Surry’s Connor Nichols charges to the net for this ball in his No. 2 singles match on Monday.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ns2DSC_0216.jpgNorth Surry’s Connor Nichols charges to the net for this ball in his No. 2 singles match on Monday. John Cate | The News

By John Cate

jcate@mtairynews.com

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