First Posted: 4/15/2009
RONDA Just because Mount Airy never trailed in its 6-3 win over East Wilkes does not mean it was not a tough match. It took stellar performances from the middle portion of the singles lineup and a new doubles tandem to put the Cardinals away. With the win, Mount Airy (8-2, 8-0) tightened its stranglehold on the Northwest 1A Conference.
This was a really important win for us, Mount Airy coach Frank Mayberry said. Our closest (competitior), which is East Wilkes, now has two losses.
Nick John, Matt Kessler, Eric Belton and Nathan Hagar all pulled off singles wins.
Nick John had one of his best matches of the year against a really good player, Mayberry said. Both Kessler and Belton continued really strong play. The Hagar win put us up 4-2 fter singles, which was huge.
Mayberry decided to put Kessler and Belton together for the first time this season as a doubles team, resulting in a 10-6 victory.
We thought they would mesh well, Mayberry said. Weve really been trying tio figure out what the optimal doubles lineup is and were still working on it a little bit.
The Granite Bears travel to Walnut Cove for a match against South Stokes today at 4 p.m.
Mount Airy 6, East Wilkes 3
Nick John (MA) d. Ethan Lyon, 6-1, 6-0
Houston Calloway (EW) d. Brooks Mayberry, 6-3, 6-2
Taylor Ward (EW) d. Chance Hall, 6-3, 6-1
Matt Kessler (MA) d. Zan Parks, 6-0, 6-1
Eric Belton (MA) d. Jeremy Boguss, 6-3, 6-1
Nathan Hagar (MA) d. Mitchell Welborn, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Lyons/Calloway (EW) d. John/Mayberry, 10-6
Kessler/Belton (MA) d. Ward/Parks, 10-6
Hall/Ilaysod (MA) d. Welborn/Logan Hemric, 7-5
Golden Eagles soar
The Surry Central boys tennis team defeated Forbush for the second time this season with Wednesdays 6-3 victory.
The Golden Eagles (4-9, 4-6 Mountain Valley 2-A) won the first four matches with relative ease. Kyle Eiswald, Jonathan Cook, Jake Dellinger and Nick Gillespie all picked up singles wins.
In doubles, Surry Central won two of three matches to seal the victory. Cook teamed up with Dellinger and Alexander Moore sided with Jose Gonzalez to give the Golden Eagles their wins.
Golden Eagles coach Dennis Miller noted his team is performing better during the second half of the season.
Theyre just concentrating better and not letting outside things affect the way theyre playing on the court, Miller said. We got off to a little bit of a slow start to begin the season, but now were coming around in the second half and getting some wins.
Next up for Surry Central is a non-conference contest at East Wilkes beginning today at 4:30 p.m.
Surry Central 6,
Singles Kyle Eiswald (SC) d. Chris Harper, 6-1, 6-0
Jonathan Cook (SC) d. Williamson, 6-1, 6-1
Jake Dellinger (SC) d. Snow, 6-3, 6-3
Nick Gillespie (SC) d. Matthews, 6-3, 6-4
Hutchins (F) d. Alexander Moore, 6-4, 6-4
Tabor (F) d. Ethan Davis 6-2, 6-3
Harper/Williamson (F) d. Eiswald/Gillespie, 8-4
Cook/Dellinger (SC) d. Snow/Hutchins, 8-1
Moore/Jose Gonzalez (SC) d. Tabor/Sharper, 10-8
North Surry falls
MORAVIAN FALLS North Surry hit a rough patch Wednesday against Wilkes Central, falling to the Golden Eagles, 9-0.
In singles play, Greyhounds C.J. Hunter and Brandon Orndorff lost close first sets before falling fast in their second sets, with both losing 6-4, 6-0.
Dylan ONeal and Tyler Davis both rallied from first set losses to take the lead in their second sets. ONeal lead 5-2 in the second set but lost five consecutive games, losing 7-5 to Wilkes Centrals Greg Herring.
Davis had a 6-5 lead but lost the second set tie-break 7-3 to Will Cauthen.
The Greyhounds will host Forbush today in the first of five consecutive matches to close out their season.
Wilkes Central 9,
North Surry 0
Collin Greer (WC) d. Austin Warren (NS) 6-1, 6-2; Greg Herring (WC) d. Dylan ONeal (NS) 6-2, 7-5; Will Cauthen (WC) d. Tyler Davis (NS) 6-3, 7-6; Nik Morgan (WC) d. Miles Hubbard (NS) 6-0, 6-1; Evan Day (WC) d. C.J. Hunter (NS) 6-4, 6-0; Jesse Massucco (WC) d. Brandon Orndorff (NS) 6-4, 6-0.
Johnson/Hubbard (WC) d. Warren/ONealj (NS) 8-0; Berry/Abernathy (WC) d. Davis/Morgan (NS) 8-2; Day/Massucco (WC) d. Hunter/Orndorff (NS) 8-3