DOBSON — The “Search for Six” began in earnest on Tuesday afternoon, and the five-time defending Western Piedmont 2A champions from Surry Central looked the part.
Playing a Carver team that was already shorthanded, the Lady Eagles swept all four contested singles matches and then won everything else by default, officially taking their 2018 conference opener by a 9-0 score.
Surry Central (3-1 overall) didn’t lose a single game in sweeping the four singles matches at 1-4. Carver decided to just forfeit the doubles matches and concede the match. The Lady Eagles’ Nos. 5 and 6 players, Mamie Smith and Rachel Carter, didn’t even get a chance to play on Tuesday.
The singles matches that were played were all 6-0, 6-0 sweeps, with the exception of No. 4, where the Yellowjackets’ Faith Green defaulted the match down 4-0 in the second set after Haily Robertson had won the first 10 games of the match.
The other three matches saw Hannah Pardue beat Mia Burelson, Sarah Marion defeat Jessica Grimes, and Mattie Grace Snow down Azhuer Frazier.
Surry Central is the state’s ninth-ranked 2A team in the most recent N.C. Tennis Coaches Association rankings, despite a loss last week to East Surry, which remained at No. 2 in the 1A rankings after scoring the victory.
The Lady Eagles have one more match this week, an important one in the WPAC race on Thursday evening at Forbush. Central then takes the next five days off before traveling to North Surry on Sept. 4.