It only took the Mount Airy tennis team about two hours to keep its perfect record going on Wednesday evening.
The Lady Bears, ranked co-No. 1 with league rival Bishop McGuinness in the latest N.C. Tennis Coaches’ Association 1A rankings, certainly looked the part in sweeping nine matches against an overmatched West Stokes team on the Mount Airy courts.
The Lady Wildcats, who are in a rebuilding mode with only two experienced players, won just three games in the entire match. At No. 1 singles, Elizabeth Marion defeated Natalie Hughes 6-0, 6-2, and at No. 2, the Lady Bears’ Bailey Jackson beat Anna Brown 6-1, 6-0. The other four singles matches were shutouts, with Logan King defeating Caroline Cook, Maya Hicks topping Rebekah Martin, Lisa Omuro downing Alyssa Bennett and Elizabeth Bray beating Madison Abbott. King finished her match at No. 3 first, followed in quick succession by the three matches down the court. Jackson’s win at No. 2 gave Mount Airy a 5-0 lead and clinched the team victory.
Bray pulled off the rare feat of a “golden set,” winning all 24 points of the first set of her No. 6 singles match against Abbott.
The doubles matches were more of the same. King and Bray wrapped up their No. 2 singles match first, beating Cook and Bennett 8-0. Hicks and Omuro, playing No. 3, blanked Martin and Abbott by the same score, and then Marion and Jackson, playing the two best West Stokes players, were the last ones on the court but still managed an 8-0 win of their own.
The Lady Bears will open Northwest Conference action on Thursday with a visit to Atkins.
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