Neither rain, nor the road, nor North Surry could end Mount Airy’s perfect start to its 2016 tennis season.
The Lady Bears hit the road for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, traveling across town to play county rival North Surry in the team’s third match in as many days. For the second straight day, the match was delayed by an afternoon thunderstorm, which forced the teams to limit the singles matches to one set, with the first to eight games winning.
The result was Mount Airy’s third 9-0 victory in a row. The Lady Bears have won all of their individual matches so far this season and have only lost a single set in so doing.
The teams decided to contest the doubles matches first. Logan King and Elizabeth Bray were the first to wrap up their match, downing Emily Smith and Emma Nichols 8-1. In short order, Elizabeth Marion and Bailey Jackson teamed up to defeat Cassidy Willard and Cassie Barker at No. 1, and Merideth Marion and Anna-Kate Tucker did the same to Callie Willard and Katherine Parsons at No. 3 doubles, both by the same 8-1 margin despite each giving up a service break after taking a 7-0 lead.
The scoreboard seemed locked on that same 8-1 figure as the singles go under way, with King opening singles action with an 8-1 victory over Nichols at No. 4, followed by a match-clinching 8-1 victory by Elizabeth Marion over Cassidy Willard from the top seed. Jackson, playing at No. 2, then duplicated the score in her win over Smith.
Parsons took two games from Merideth Marion at No. 6 singles, but still succumbed 8-2. Bray then topped Callie Willard 8-3 at No. 5 singles, and Hicks closed out the match with the most competitive of any of the individual showdowns, outlasting Barker 8-5 at No. 3 singles.
As a team, the Lady Bears lost just one service game in the six singles matches.
Mount Airy will return to the courts on Monday with a trip to Elkin. The Lady Hounds will try to get back on track with a trip to East Surry today.