WALKERTOWN — Walkertown tennis finally escaped the powerful Northwest 1A Conference this season, but the Wolfpack decided to come back for more, scheduling No. 5 Mount Airy as a non-conference match this season.
Leaving the conference didn’t help them any where the Granite Bears were concerned. Mount Airy blanked the Wolfpack 9-0 on Tuesday evening and improved to 9-3 on the season.
Three of the six singles matches were double-bagel wins for the Bears, and two others saw the visitors lose just one game in a straight-set victory. The closest anyone came was in the No. 2 singles, the last to be completed. In that one, senior Harrison Morris lost serve twice but still won easily, beating Lucas Dickson 6-2, 6-1.
Playing at No. 4, Kaleb Morrison was the first one to finish. His double-bagel over Grant Norman put the Bears on the scoreboard. Sixth-seeded Ryan Graham followed that with a shutout of his own, downing Rich Lyons. Then top-seeded Emory Bray improved to 11-0 this season with two goose eggs against Wesley Briles.
Fifth-seeded Owen Perkins was the first Bear to lose a game. He led 2-1 in the second set and then won the last 10 games for a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Alex Marshall. Third-seeded Hunter Eaton won his first three games and then hit some bad serves and gave up a break against Tucker Gowan. He responded with nine straight wins of his own and also prevailed 6-1, 6-0.
Morris’ match was actually a 2-2 in the first set after he allowed a break, but he immediately broke back and led the rest of the way.
The three doubles matches were all shutouts. Bray and Morris blanked Briles and Dickson, Morrison and Perkins zeroed in on Gowan and Marshall, and Eaton and Graham whitewashed Norman and Caleb Payne.
Having already won twice this week, the Bears will take the rest off ands return to action at home against Surry Central on Monday.