Thirteen local tennis players are headed off to regional tournaments as the individual playoffs continue.
Mount Airy is the only local team still alive in the dual-team brackets, but seven 1A and six 2A players are in action, beginning at 2 p.m.
Five Lady Bears and two Lady Cardinals are traveling to Biscoe for the 1A tournament at East Montgomery High School.
Five Lady Eagles and North Surry’s Sarah Glasco are headed to Salisbury for the 2A tourney at Catawba College.
Coaches of the various players will meet at 1 p.m. at each site to discuss how to seat the brackets.
Bear Coach Scott Kniskern said Jordan Jackson is an easy choice for the top seed in singles since she is the defending state champion.
He also will argue for his two doubles teams as high seeds.
Davi Barbour and Haley Thomas won the conference title last week, and Elizabeth Dinkins and Jade Hughes made the state final last year.
Davi and Haley could get a top seed, then Elizabeth and Jade a two or three, he reasoned.
Also in the mix are East Surry’s Lauren Thompson and Tiffany King, who finished third in the Northwest Tournament last week.
On the 2A side, Coach Dennis Miller is hoping for better results from the Lady Eagles this year.
Last time, most of the five girls were new to making the regional tournament and played nervously, he said.
Four of the five players returning this time have experience, and the fifth is a senior, he noted.
Savannah Wilson and Megan Gillespie won the conference title last week, going three sets to defeat teammates Kennedy Dockery and Mikayla Cox.
Sophomore Marlee Wilmoth is back in singles play for the second time.
North Surry’s Sarah Glasco won the conference title the past two years and is the lone Greyhound this time.
Miller said his squad will head out around 10:30 a.m. today to give them plenty of time for the drive and a stop for lunch before the 1 p.m. coaches’ meeting.
The opening rounds will be held today with semifinal and final matches on Saturday.
Expecting his girls to perform well, Kniskern said the Bears have reservations at a hotel in Asheboro tonight rather than drive all the way home.