Mount Airy knocked off rival North Surry 9-0 in tennis Wednesday.
The Lady Bears won all six singles matches in straight sets. The Lady Greyhounds fought tough in doubles and hung around in the eight-game pro sets before losing each.
“The players have responded well since losing to Bishop McGuinness,” noted Bear coach Rodney Pell. “They have dropped only one set in the last three contests.”
That improves the Bears to 3-1 on the season, 2-1 in the Northwest Conference.
While the Bears took each match, Pell noted that the Hounds have improved overall in their serving, showing good form and few double-faults.
Sixth seed Carly Clark was down 2-1 in the first set, but won 11 straight games to beat Cassie Barker 6-2, 6-0. Barker was new to North’s lineup since the East Surry match on Monday.
Fourth seed Jai Daniels finished next, defeating Rebecca Parsons 6-0, 6-1, followed by Elizabeth Marion beating Cassidy Willard 6-1, 6-3.
Bailey Jackson defeated Taylor Tickle 6-0, 6-2, then Carley VanHoy beat Kelly Blackburn 6-1, 6-1.
Mount Airy top seed Bree Hughes sat out Tuesday’s match with Walkertown with a sore back.
On Wednesday, she played both singles and doubles and logged the most minutes on the team after a lengthy 6-2, 6-1 win over Jane Blackburn.
In the first set, Hughes was only ahead 3-2 when she ran off four straight games for the set. In the second set, Hughes lost the first game, but won six straight.
North refused to go easy and came out playing well in doubles down the line.
The Blackburn sisters were up 2-1 on Court One, and Tickle and Parsons were down only 2-3 on Court Two.
Jackson/VanHoy pulled away for an 8-4 win over the Blackburns, and Hughes/Daniels won five straight games to close out the match with Tickle/Parsons.
Third doubles team of Marion and Coleman Craddock improved to 4-0 on the season with an 8-2 win over Willard/Barker.
Mount Airy hosts Forbush today, while North is off until facing South Stokes on Tuesday.