WINSTON-SALEM — Surry Central opened its tennis season in fine fashion, blanking North Forsyth 9-0 Thursday.
The Golden Eagles were missing their top seed, but still had enough to sweep the 3A Vikings.
Tennis teams generally don’t get a lot of practice time before the season starts, but this year has been even worse for Coach Mark Parsons.
Half the team played basketball on either the varsity or JV team. Another, wrestler Uriel Secundino, was busy at the state tournament until this past Saturday.
Parsons said he had his full squad together for just two days before this match.
From the varsity basketball team, Zach Wilmoth and Kirk Needham likely will be the top two seeds this season, the coach said. Weston Mosley will challenge returning starter Trent Day for the third spot.
Zach Cochran and Jose Montero played on the JV basketball team. Cochran started in singles, and Montero played doubles.
Andrew Hegler is a football player who hasn’t come out for tennis before, added Parsons.
Some of these guys are new to the sport, but they are very athletic and cover a lot of court, the coach noted.
On Wednesday, Wilmoth’s foot was hurting him, so Parsons rested him against the Vikings.
Needham played the top spot and won 8-4 in an eight-game pro set format. The Vikings wanted to shorten play so they could get through the match before dark.
Day won the second-seed match by the same 8-4 score, and Mosley won 8-3 at the third spot.
Tanner Mears played his first tennis match at the fourth spot. Parsons said Tanner looked a little nervous early on, but bounced back to tie the match 8-8 and then won the tiebreaker 10-8.
Hegler won the fifth spot 8-0, and Cochran won on Court Six by the same 8-0 score.
In doubles play, Needham and Mosley won 8-3. Mears and Hegler won 8-5, and Day and Montero swept 8-0.
North Forsyth might be having a down year, said Parsons, but he will gladly take the win seeing as how his team hasn’t had practice time and the top seed was watching from the side.
The Eagles go on the road Monday and Tuesday, taking on East Wilkes and then Reagan.