The 2017 Mount Airy boys’ tennis season could not have opened any better than it did. The Granite Bears opened up with a 9-0 home win against Surry Central on Monday to collect their first win on the season.
Surry Central, on the other end of the victory, lost five potent starters from the 2016 season; meanwhile, the Granite Bears have returned four starters in singles this season: Hunt Harrison, Emory Bray, Hunter Eaton and Owen Perkins.
Sophomore Bray won the first Granite Bear team point at the No. 2 seed. Three-time No. 1 seed Hunt Harrison lost one service game at 3-2 in his first set against Surry Central’s Brandon Norman, but won 6-3, 6-1. Bray tallied the first place finish on the night, sweeping his opponent 6-0 in each set.
Eaton, No. 6 seed last year as a freshman, moved up to No. 3 this year, and his only loss on the night came from his opening service game during his second set to win 6-0, 6-1 over Alex Burns.
Perkins, another sophomore, was a No. 6/7 seed last year, but has since moved up to fourth in the lineup. Perkins lost three service games, but earned three breaks to win the first set by a 6-3 mark, and in the second set he blanked his opponent, Central freshman Corbin Collins.
Morrison, a freshman Granite Bear, came up big in securing the team’s victory on Monday as he held serve throughout the match at the No. 5, beating Seth Buie 6-0, 6-1. Cayden Hill, another freshman on the Granite Bear squad, lost only one service game against Rodrigo Landaverde to complete the sweep in singles, 6-1, 6-0.
The No. 1 Harrison and Bray Mount Airy doubles duo defeated Norman and Burns 8-2 to make the team score 7-0. The No. 2 team of Eaton and Perkins lost its’ first two service games, but earned four breaks that helped claim their 8-3 win over Zane Joplin and Buie. The No. 3 seed in doubles play was the freshman duo of Morrison and Hill, who took an 8-1 win over Collins and Landaverde.
Mount Airy’s next two matches are on the road, today at 4 p.m. versus East Wilkes, and Wednesday at 4:30 against the West Stokes Wildcats.