Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
September 6, 2013
EAST BEND — North Surry got its first tennis win Thursday, beating Forbush 8-1.
The Lady Greyhounds have been improving each week under new coach Maggie McKee. Earlier this week, the Hounds lost 5-4 to South Stokes with several matches closely contested.
McKee said she felt like the Hounds were very close to winning that day. Then on Thursday, she exclaimed, “We got our first win. I’m so excited.”
Not only did North Surry win the match, but the final score wasn’t even close at 8-1.
The individual matches were hard-fought, but the Hounds pulled out more wins.
Hannah Southern and Bailey Atkins each battled to a 7-5 win in the second set to avoid a tiebreaker. Then Southern teamed up with Rebecca Parsons for a narrow 9-7 doubles win.
At the top of the order, Sarah Glasco made it look easy in a 6-0, 6-0 win over Alisha Baity.
Second seed Abby Lawson lost to Mikayla Pendergrass, 1-6, 2-6, which would prove to be the only point for the Lady Falcons.
Third seed Rebecca Parsons beat Mikayla Matthews 6-3, 6-0.
Southern took the fourth-seed match 6-4, 7-5 over Carmen Wilkens.
Bailey Atkins beat Brandi Sheek 6-2, 7-5.
Sixth seed Taylor Tickle won over Mateline Valdez-Cruz 6-2, 6-0.
The five wins gave the Hounds the team victory before doubles play began.
“Rebecca and Hannah really stepped up today,” said McKee. “They had great matches.
“Rebecca took care of it from the start and finished strong,” she said. “Hannah stuck it out to win that second set.
“Both of the girls really listened to what I said in practice,” she said. “And I could see them implementing it in the matches.”
In doubles, Parsons and Southern fell behind by a few points, but roared back to a 9-7 victory.
The team already had clinched the win, but the way the girls stuck with it and fought for a win says a lot about their heart, the coach said.
At the top doubles spot, Glasco and Lawson won 8-5 over Baity and Pendergrass with some unnecessary drama. McKee said there were some harsh words being spoken over the net, but her duo stayed focused.
Atkins and Cassidy Willard took the final doubles match 8-6 over Sheek and Valdez-Cruz.
McKee said the girls were fired up on the ride home. Now that they’ve had a taste of victory, she believes they will do better on the second trip through the conference schedule.