WALNUT COVE — A fired-up North Surry tennis team couldn’t quite squeeze out a road win at South Stokes Thursday.
The Lady Greyhounds fell 5-4 to the Lady Sauras in the first meeting and were hungry for a win. However, the Hounds again came out on the short end of a 5-4 margin.
The Sauras won four of six singles matches, yet the Hounds actually won more total games, 53-49.
The two North Surry wins came via lopsided scores, while all four losses were close.
Top seed Sarah Glasco blanked Jenny Glidewell 6-0, 6-0.
Sixth seed Bailey Atkins gave up just one game to Nora Skinner, 6-0, 6-1.
At the second spot, North’s Abby Lawson lost to Taylor Evans 6-3, 6-4.
Third seed Rebecca Parsons and fourth seed Hannah Southern each came up just short of forcing tiebreakers.
Parsons lost to Julie Linville 6-3, 7-5, while Southern lost to Kristen Denny 7-5, 6-3.
Taylor Tickle fell to Jenny Smith 6-3, 6-3.
The Sauras were missing one player as Kristen Denny’s sister, Kaitlyn, is out with an arm problem. That moved Skinner into the starting lineup.
Knowing how close the first match was, the players were very excited going down to Walnut Cove, explained Coach Maggie McKee. Maybe a little too excited as they had some butterflies — even the coach, she admitted.
Still, she said, “they played their hearts out, they really did.”
South Stokes only has five courts, so Bailey had to wait until Sarah finished her match on Court One before she could even get warmed up, the coach explained.
Despite the late start, McKee said the player went out there and took care of business so fast that Atkins was done before some of the others were who started sooner.
All the girls really hustled, and Hannah especially worked hard, she said. The ones who lost their first set didn’t give up; they kept on fighting.
Parsons’ match went on for so long that her back began to feel tight. McKee rested Parsons for doubles play.
Glasco teamed up with Tickle for an 8-3 win over Evans/Linville.
Atkins got her second win of the day when she partnered with Cassidy Willard to win 8-4 over Smith/Skinner.
Lawson and Southern lost to Glidewell and Denny 8-3.
On Monday, the Hounds travel to East Wilkes, then they host Forbush on Tuesday.
McKee said she has been informed that North Surry will host the first conference tournament for the new Western Piedmont 2A Conference.
In recent years, 2A schools North Surry, Surry Central and West Stokes had played at Mount Airy Middle School.