The regional tennis tournaments begin today with 14 local girls in action.
Mount Airy will have five players in the 1A regional tournament in Elkin.
Surry Central has six players and North Surry three playing in the 2A tournament at the Bingham Tennis Center in Lexington.
Bear Coach Scott Kniskern is director for the 1A event. He said the coaches will meet at 1 p.m. today to discuss how to seed the players. Then the matches begin at 2 p.m.
The players will advance through the quarterfinal round today. Then at 9 a.m. Saturday, the semifinal matches begin.
The Lady Bears finished first and second in doubles play, while singles player Jai Daniels won the third-place match.
Davi Barbour and Haley Thomas likely will be the number one seed, and they are joined by Bree Hughes and Carley VanHoy.
Conference rival Bishop McGuinness will have four players in Elkin. They are singles players Kyndall Cortes and Morgan Auger and doubles team Anna Petrangeli and Nicole Saia.
Other area teams taking part are Alleghany, East Wilkes and Elkin.
For the 2A teams, the new Western Piedmont Conference meant more chances to get players into the regional brackets.
With just three 2A teams in the old Northwest Conference, the schools earned just three spots in the singles and doubles tournaments. This year, Western Piedmont gets four slots.
Surry Central’s Sommer Chilton finished fourth in singles, and North Surry’s Rebecca Parsons and Hannah Southern were fourth in doubles.
They will join the third-place doubles team of Central’s Mallory Wilmoth and Olivia Fowler.
Three others are old pros at the regional, having won three straight conference titles.
Central’s Kennedy Dockery and Mikayla Cox won their third doubles title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Forbush’s Alisha Baity and Makayla Pendergrass.
“It was the perfect way to end our senior conference season,” Kennedy afterward. “It has been three years in the running.”
Likewise, North senior Sarah Glasco has won three straight singles titles.
Glasco had two very close matches with Marlee Wilmoth in the regular season, but won 6-0, 6-2 in the tournament.
Glasco said she overcame a tough opponent by “playing smart and staying focused.”
Once teams get through the regional event, Surry Central has a dual-team match on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Lady Eagles will be at home as Bandys upset Mount Pleasant, making Central the higher seed.
Staff reporter Tanya Chilton contributed to this story.