Lady Bears host first Surry County Invitational
by By Jeff Linville
Mount Airy and East Surry needed a tiebreaker to settle the doubles final in the Surry County Invitational on Friday.
The Lady Bears hosted the challenge that included East Surry, North Surry and Elkin. Coach Scott Kniskern said he wanted Surry Central to take part, too, but he didn’t get a chance to talk to Central’s Dennis Miller.
Each of the four teams brought two singles players and two doubles players, similar to the conference tournament.
However, instead of the losers being knocked out, players and duos received a second life in the losers’ bracket.
In singles, Mount Airy freshman Bailey Jackson upset North Surry’s Sarah Glasco in the first round. Glasco then won three straight matches to take third place.
Jackson advanced to the final where she fell to teammate Davi Barbour 6-1, who won all three matches in which she played.
In the third-place match, Glasco defeated Elkin’s Miracle Walters 6-1.
In doubles, Mount Airy’s Jade Hughes and Carley VanHoy faced East Surry’s Haley Manuel and Brooke Tickle.
The pairs battled back and forth and wound up tied 6-all. In the tiebreaker, Hughes and VanHoy pulled ahead 7-4 for the win.
The temperature courtside was 92 degrees with a heat index that was probably close to 100 degrees.
Endurance was surely tested, Kniskern noted, especially with the teams in the third-place matches playing their fourth sets of the day.
In the doubles third-place final, Mount Airy’s Abby Hagwood and Jai Daniels won 6-1 over North Surry’s Rebecca Parsons and Bailey Atkins.
The invitational tournament was the first chance for teams to meet two new coaches.
Taking over North Surry’s team for Julie Gammons is Maggie McKee, who once played for Kniskern at Mount Airy.
At East Surry, Mike Kiser has given way to David Kidd, who had been at Pilot Mountain Middle School.
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