Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
September 26, 2013
DOBSON — Marlee Wilmoth finished off a big comeback to give Surry Central a perfect mark in singles to defeat West Stokes in Tuesday’s late action.
The Lady Eagles took two of three doubles matches for an 8-1 team win.
Central remains perfect in the Western Piedmont Conference and received two votes in the 2A state coaches poll. That ranked the Eagles 13th in the state, the first time the team has received a vote since the mytennisnetwork website launched a couple of years ago.
Mount Airy remains in first place in the 1A polls as it has been all season.
The Eagles and Bears were scheduled to face each other for the only time this season on Wednesday, but the match was rained out. The teams are looking to play next week as schedules allow.
Against the Lady Wildcats, the Eagles won Courts Two through Six by a combined 60-11 mark.
On Court One, however, Wilmoth had to mount a furious rally to force two tiebreakers.
Against Abby Emerson, the junior fell behind early and seemed to get down on herself, said Coach Dennis Miller. She lost the first set 6-3 and went down 3-0 in the second set.
Wilmoth then roared back, winning six of the next nine games to force a 6-6 tie. In the tiebreaker, she won handily 7-1. Then in the third-set tiebreaker, she won 10-5.
The match went on so long that Miller subbed in another doubles team in place of Wilmoth and Sommer Chilton.
Chilton had won the third-seed match 6-2, 6-0 over Erin Kye.
Second seed Kennedy Dockery won by the same 6-2, 6-0 score over Abby Westmoreland.
Fourth seed Mikayla Cox beat Lauren Palmer 6-1, 6-1. Fifth seed Cassie Hoge beat Catherine Nachand 6-3, 6-1. Sixth seed Mallory Wilmoth topped Anna Brown 6-0, 6-1.
With one doubles team out, Dockery and Cox played the top spot and lost 8-4 to Emerson/Kye.
The two won the 2A conference doubles title last year, and Miller said he told the girls that they might have to play this duo again in the conference tournament.
In the second doubles spot, Hoge and Mallory Wilmoth beat Westmoreland/Palmer 8-1.
Stephanie Boone and Hope Hinson stepped into the lineup and won 8-5 over Nachand/Brown.
The Eagles will play Carver today in a double-header starting at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Yellow Jackets don’t have a full team, so the matches shouldn’t take that long, Miller believed.