KING — North Surry earned its second tennis win of the season, defeated West Stokes on the road.
The Lady Greyhounds started the season young, inexperienced and with a new coach. However, the Hounds got their first win last week against conference foe Forbush and now has a second win in the Western Piedmont.
After a close 5-4 loss to South Stokes, Coach Maggie McKee knew that first win was just around the corner. Now she has two, and this one by an impressive 8-1 score.
The team was missing second seed Abby Lawson, out with a throat infection. The rest of the starters bumped up a spot, and Cassidy Willard slid into the starting lineup.
There were several good stories up and down the lineup, according to the coach.
Willard showed great tenacity and perseverance, Rebecca Parsons played her best match of the season and Taylor Tickle continues to surprise as a tennis newcomer.
Top seed Sarah Glasco pulled away from Abbey Emerson for a 6-3, 6-0 win.
At the second spot, Parsons took Lawson’s place and pulled out two close sets, 7-5, 7-5, over Abbey Westmoreland.
Third seed Hannah Southern battled hard throughout the second set, but came up just short of forcing a tiebreaker against Erin Kye, 2-6, 5-7.
Tickle was the eighth or ninth seed back in the preseason, according to McKee. She had played volleyball in middle school and as a freshman and came out for tennis for the first time.
Despite a lack of experience, Tickle has shown great footwork, chasing down balls, McKee said.
Against Lauren Palmer, Tickle won 6-3, 6-1.
At the fifth spot, Bailey Atkins beat Catherine Nachand 6-2, 6-2.
In the sixth match, Willard fell behind early and was never really in the first set, losing 2-6 to Anna Brown.
However, she battled back to push the second set to a 6-6 tie and force a seven-point tiebreaker.
Willard pulled that out 7-5 to force a 10-point tiebreaker in the third set. Ten points weren’t enough as Willard eventually ground out a 12-10 victory.
The match went on so long that despite being ahead 4-1 at that point, Willard’s win wasn’t the clincher.
The first doubles game started and finished before Willard got through singles, said McKee, so North Surry had already clinched the team win before Willard was through.
With the lengthy match, both coaches sent their seventh seeds out to take part in doubles.
In the first doubles match, Glasco and Tickle won 8-5 over Emerson/Kye.
Parsons and Southern won 9-7 over Westmoreland/Palmer.
In the third match, Atkins and Abby Stone won 8-5 over Nachand and Sarah Robinson.