The Lady Bears bounced back quickly to beat North Stokes in tennis Thursday.
In its first match, Mount Airy fell hard to Bishop McGuinness, who established itself as a front-runner for the 1A state title that the Bears have won for three straight years.
The Bears didn’t let that loss linger and swept the Lady Vikings 9-0 at home.
That evened the team’s record at 1-1 overall and in Northwest Conference play.
The home team jumped out to a 3-0 advantage early on as Bailey Jackson, Jai Daniels and Carley VanHoy took care of business quickly.
Jackson, playing the second spot, beat Nicole Foley 6-0, 6-2.
Daniels, in the fourth slot, then beat Hannah Mabe 6-1, 6-2.
VanHoy, the third seed, was next to finish, beating Brittany Brown 6-1, 6-1.
The other three matches lasted longer, but then finished at almost the same time.
On Court Five, Coleman Craddock took the first set easily at 6-1 over Emily Myers. However, Myers battled right back to take a 6-2 second set.
From 4-3 in the tiebreaker, Craddock won five straight points to take control, then finished off a 10-5 set for her first career singles win in seeded play, noted coach Rodney Pell.
As Craddock was walking off the court, Carly Clark completed her first career win, too, as the sixth seed beat Abby Williams 6-1, 6-3. The fifth team point gave the Bears the match.
Carly was down 2-3 in the second set before winning four straight games, noted Pell.
Then top seed Bree Hughes beat Miranda Hammonds 6-2, 6-2.
The third seed duo of Craddock and freshman Elizabeth Marion was the only doubles team to earn a win against Bishop. They picked up their second W with an 8-1 victory over Mabe/Williams.
Coach Pell switched up the doubles teams from Wednesday.
Jackson and VanHoy played on Court One, and Hughes and Daniels played the second spot.
Jackson/VanHoy won 8-4 over Hammonds/Brown. Hughes/Daniels won 8-2 over Brown/Foley.
The new teams won decisively even though North Stokes’ top doubles team was really good, said Pell.
Against Bishop, the girls were broken on serve 17 times by the Lady Villains, said Pell. On Thursday, the six matches resulted in just four breaks total. In doubles, the Bears suffered just one break in three matches.
Next up is a home date with Walkertown on Tuesday.