Local tennis teams found out their postseason destinations on Monday afternoon, while conference tournament action got under way for volleyball in both the Northwest 1A and Western Piedmont 2A conferences.
Surry Central was the only local team to play in the opening round on Monday night, defeating Walkertown in straight sets to advance to the semifinals. East Surry and Mount Airy finished 1-2 in the six-team NW1A and therefore earned byes directly into the semis, and nine-time WPAC champ North Surry took its usual opening-round powder in that conference.
The Lady Bears are the host school for the Northwest tournament this season, and both schools will be in action this evening, with East taking on North Stokes at 5 p.m. and Mount Airy facing South Stokes at 7. If both win, they will play each other for the championship on Wednesday at 6 p.m., also in the Lady Bears’ gym.
North Surry is hosting the WPAC Tournament this season. Central (11-13), after beating Walkertown in the 4-5 matchup, takes on the top-ranked Lady Greyhounds (23-1) at 6 this evening. Forbush (18-8), which finished second in the regular season, will play West Stokes (18-6) after the Lady Wildcats dispatched Atkins in Monday’s other first-round contest. That match will take place around 7:30 p.m., at the conclusion of the match between North and Central.
The WPAC championship match will be held on Wednesday night at 7:30, also in Ron King Gym.
In tennis, the only action this week involves teams that will play first-round matches. East Surry, as Northwest 1A champion, has a bye into the second round and won’t play until Oct. 24. However, third-place Mount Airy (11-6) made the field as a wild-card team and is slated to travel to North Stanly (12-2) on Wednesday evening for the right to play East Wilkes next week. In the 2A bracket, where there are no opening-round byes, Surry Central (16-0) hosts Ledford (18-2) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
This is the second year in a row in which the Northwest sent three teams to the 12-team West Regional of the dual-team playoffs. Last year, Mount Airy won the conference and then had to get past both the Lady Cardinals and Bishop McGuinness in tightly-contested matches in order to reach the state finals. In the 2A West, Central is making its fifth straight appearance as the WPAC #1, but it has never done so with anything resembling an undefeated record, let alone its current No. 6 ranking by the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches Association.
The NCHSAA regional individual tennis tournaments will take place on Friday and Saturday of this week, with players from all three schools competing.