Host North Surry was able to put up a fight at the top of the lineup, but the Greyhounds were no match for league rival Surry Central in the second meeting between the two schools on Thursday evening.
Although a few spots in the lineup were different from what they were when the teams met 23 days earlier in Dobson, the result was the same, as North was competitive at the top end and won at No. 1 doubles, but Central took the the match by the same 8-1 score as before.
The Hounds’ No. 1 doubles combo of Cole Richardson and Connor Nichols improved to 2-0 against Central this season by holding off Brandon Norman and Rodrigo Landeverde 8-5 for North’s only team point. They had also beaten the Eagles the first time around, but Norman, a Guilford College recruit, wasn’t playing doubles for Central that day.
The Eagles swept the singles once again. Norman beat Richardson 6-2, 6-4; Landeverde downed Nichols 6-2, 6-4; and at No. 3, Kevin Montero beat Dalton Quesenberry 6-2, 7-5. In the Nos. 4 through 6 singles matches, Blake Woods, Alex Burns and Gabe Matthews defeated Caleb Doss, Mike Martin and Trey Scott, respectively, with none of them losing more than two games.
At No. 2 doubles, Montero and Woods beat Quesenberry and Martin 8-2. The No. 3 doubles was a shutout win for Burns and Matthews over Doss and Scott.
The win broke a two-match skid for Surry Central (7-3, 5-3 Western Piedmont Athletic Conference). Central had narrowly lost to Forbush and Atkins in its most recent matches, the two schools it is looking up at in the WPAC standings. The Eagles have lost twice to the Camels by a 6-3 score but split the season series with Forbush, each team winning on the other’s courts.
The Eagles have three matches remaining in the regular season and are hoping to finish second in the conference standings. Central travels to Mount Airy on Monday, then finishes up conference play at home against Walkertown on Tuesday and West Stokes on Thursday of next week. Whether Central finishes second or third depends on what happens with Atkins and Forbush next week.
The Hounds travel to East Surry on Thursday of next week to wrap up the regular season.
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