North Surry fell to East Wilkes 9-0 in tennis Wednesday.
The Lady Cardinals are ranked sixth in the state in the 1A coaches poll, released on Tuesday (Mount Airy is ranked first). They feature four seniors and two juniors in their starting lineup.
The Lady Greyhounds, however, return just two starters with the other four players consisting of three sophomores and a freshman.
The Hounds are young and might not have as many shots in their arsenal or as much technique as their opponents, but what it really boils down to is game experience, said Coach Maggie McKee.
These young players are learning every match about all the ins and outs of being a good player, she believed.
North’s lone senior, Sarah Glasco, and East’s top senior, Shanisha White, put on quite a show at the top singles spot.
They battled back and forth with long rallies on many points and were the last match to finish. White eventually won 6-4, 6-4.
That was a tough match, said McKee. Glasco didn’t seem to be playing her style of tennis, but was drawn into playing White’s game, she said.
Still, after that loss, Glasco bounced back and gave good effort in her doubles match with partner Rebecca Parsons.
Fifth seed Hannah Southern also had a long match as she and East’s McKenzie Stokes went to a third-set tiebreaker.
Southern won the first set 6-4, but fell 6-1 in the second.
Both Southern and Stokes looked like good athletes, chasing down balls, McKee said. However, Souther and some of the other girls seemed to wear down in the heat and humidity, noted the coach.
With the sun shining down on the playing surface, the temperature on the court was noticeably higher than thermometer’s 83 degrees.
In the tiebreaker, East Wilkes won 10-6.
That gave the Cards the team win as they went 6-0 in singles play.
North second seed Abby Lawson fell to Molly Callaway 6-1, 6-0. Parsons lost to Kennedy Lester 6-2, 6-0.
Fourth seed Bailey Atkins lost to Kayla Pardue 6-3, 6-2. Sixth seed Cassidy Williard lost 6-0, 6-0 to Abby Burchette.
The lineup was a little different for this match as Parsons moved from fourth to third through challenges matches at practice, according to the coach. Then McKee tried some new doubles teams, too.
She said she was very pleased with the third doubles team. She liked the way that Atkins and Williard played together and communicated. She also liked their intensity.
In a close contest, Atkins and Williard lost 8-6.
Glasco and Parsons fell 8-2 in the top spot, and Lawson and Southern lost 8-2 in the second match.
The Hounds open league play next week in the new Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.
North hosts South Stokes on Tuesday, then travels to Forbush on Thursday.