Sigmon leads Cards on Senior Night

By Cory Smith - csmith@mtairynews.com
Greyhound Dalton Quesinberry hits a forehand in the third-seeded singles match against East Surry. - Cory Smith | The News
East Surry’s Mason Gibson retreats to hit a backhand in number six singles in Thursday’s match. - Cory Smith | The News
Ryan Sigmon is the lone senior on the Cardinals’ tennis team. Sigmon competes as the one-seed and is a four-year veteran of the team. Seen here with his father, John, and mother, Paula. - Cory Smith | The News

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry wrapped up its regular season with a dominant 9-0 performance against county foe North Surry.

The Cardinals honored the team’s only senior, Ryan Sigmon, between singles and doubles competition. Sigmon was a member of the team all four years and competed as the number one seed.

Sigmon’s comeback victory in Thursday’s match officially gave East Surry the win.

AJ Key got things going with a 6-0, 6-0 win against North’s Conner Nichols in the second-seeded singles match. East’s Ryan Presnell wasn’t far behind with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Dalton Quesinberry in number three singles.

The rest of the matches were much closer. Though focused on the match at hand, both teams had to be thinking of the 5-4 nail-biter between the schools on March 19, with East Surry emerging victorious in round one. This was the closest North Surry came to winning an overall match all season.

Nathan Cox of East Surry and Caleb Doss of North Surry were the next to finish at number four singles. Cox won the first set handily, 6-2. Doss nearly forced a third set tiebreaker, but came up just short 7-5 in the second set.

East Surry’s Mason Gibson won the fourth match of the night for the Cards in a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of William Gonzalez at number six singles.

Needing just one more victory to clinch the match, the attention turned to Sigmon and Cole Richardson on court number one. The first time these two met, Richardson won the first set 6-4, and Sigmon won the second set by the same score.

The two battled in a third-set tiebreaker that wound up going until 18-16, with Richardson taking the win.

It was a similar formula in Thursday’s match. Richardson took the first set, 6-2, and Sigmon won the second, 6-4. The two engaged in another tiebreaker, with Sigmon grabbing the win and clinching the victory for East Surry on his senior night.

Singles wrapped up with a victory from sixth-seeded Mason Gibson of East Surry over North’s William Gonzalez.

North Surry won number one and two doubles when the teams met in March. This time, East Surry swept the Greyhounds in both number two and number three doubles.

First, Sigmon and Cox defeated Quesinberry and Gonzalez at number two doubles, while Gray and Lee Knight conquered Doss and Martin at number three doubles.

The top-seeded doubles match was contested between the Cardinals’ Key and Presnell and the Hounds’ Richardson and Nichols. East Surry pulled away with a 8-5 victory to secure the overall sweep.

With only two seniors and no juniors between the Cardinals and Greyhounds, both of the teams have bright futures ahead if they continue to grow.

Greyhound Dalton Quesinberry hits a forehand in the third-seeded singles match against East Surry.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_DSC_0432.jpgGreyhound Dalton Quesinberry hits a forehand in the third-seeded singles match against East Surry. Cory Smith | The News

East Surry’s Mason Gibson retreats to hit a backhand in number six singles in Thursday’s match.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_DSC_0522.jpgEast Surry’s Mason Gibson retreats to hit a backhand in number six singles in Thursday’s match. Cory Smith | The News

Ryan Sigmon is the lone senior on the Cardinals’ tennis team. Sigmon competes as the one-seed and is a four-year veteran of the team. Seen here with his father, John, and mother, Paula.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_DSC_0531.jpgRyan Sigmon is the lone senior on the Cardinals’ tennis team. Sigmon competes as the one-seed and is a four-year veteran of the team. Seen here with his father, John, and mother, Paula. Cory Smith | The News
The Cardinals wrapped up the regular season with a 9-0 win over North Surry

By Cory Smith

csmith@mtairynews.com

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