CONNELLY SPRINGS — Without a doubt, Surry Central plays some of the best doubles tennis in the 2A ranks this season. There’s plenty of evidence attesting to this, starting with the fact that the Lady Eagles’ top two doubles teams are both in the state championships.
In Tuesday’s first round of the state dual-team playoffs, Central’s doubles prowess lifted it to a road victory.
The Lady Eagles split their six singles matches with host East Burke High School, then swept the three doubles matches to claim a 6-3 victory and a spot in the second round against second-seeded Lake Norman Charter on Nov. 1.
Surry Central (13-6) easily won the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles matches against East Burke (6-3) for an insurmountable 5-3 lead in the team tally. The Cavaliers conceded the No. 2 doubles, where Central’s Hannah Pardue and Mattie-Grace Snow held a 6-2 lead over Abby Blazer and Olivia Chung, and the match came to an end.
Moments before, Sarah Wyble and Hope Hinson had beaten Magara Reese and Jenny Clark 10-4 at No. 1 doubles, and Sarah Marion and Haily Robertson had downed Erin Hallyburton and Claire Guittard 10-5 in the No. 3 doubles to give the Lady Eagles their victory.
The singles matches were much more closely contested, and at No. 3, Pardue had to play three full sets to beat Chung, rallying for a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 win. Reese had defeated Wyble 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, and the Cavaliers also had the edge at the other end of the lineup, where Hallyburton defeated Anna Senter 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 and Guittard downed Robertson 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6.
The middle of the lineup made sure Central’s doubles teams would have the chance to lift it to victory. Hope Hinson pounded Blazer at No. 2, 6-2, 6-1, and Marion had even less problem with Clark at No. 4 singles, winning 6-2, 6-0.
Before the Lady Eagles take their shot at tennis powerhouse Lake Norman, the doubles teams of Pardue/Senter and Wyble/Hinson will compete in the individual state championships today and tomorrow in Cary.