No matter what happened on Tuesday evening, Surry Central’s tennis team knew it would be celebrating come nightfall.
The four-time reigning Western Piedmont Athletic Conference champions wrapped up the final conference competition of this realignment cycle with a championship and two runner-up finishes at the WPAC Tournament held Monday and Tuesday at North Surry High School.
The Lady Eagles, who will enter the 2A state dual-team playoffs on Oct. 18 with an overal record of 12-6, reiterated their status as the conference’s pre-eminent program over those two days, making the doubles championhip an all-Central affair, and also putting their No. 4 singles player into the finals of the singles tournament.
That player, sophomore Sarah Marion, lost in the finals to South Stokes standout Jenni Smith on Tuesday afternoon, but will get more chances in the two seasons yet to come. As for the doubles, that match took quite a while to resolve, and it took everything that the Lady Eagles’ No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Wyble and Hope Hinson could muster to beat their teammates Anna Senter and Hannah Pardue 6-4, 6-4. Senter and Pardue, who competed as the Lady Eagles’ No. 2 doubles team throughout the regular season, defeated two of the WPAC’s No. 1 doubles teams on Monday to ensure that Central would win the league doubles title, one way or the other.
In the championship match, Pardue and Senter actually held a 4-3 lead in the first set before their teammates came back to pull out the victory, but the entire match was a closely-contested battle.
In addition to the trophies earned on Tuesday and the upcoming dual-team playoffs, all of the Lady Eagles who competed on championship day have earned berths in the 2A Midwest Regional, to be held at Salisbury High School on Nov. 2. The top four fnishers in the WPAC in both singles and doubles are all invited to the regionals, meaning that the doubles team of Katherine Parsons and Emily Smith of North Surry, who reached the semifinals, also earned a berth.
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