North Surry’s Brandon Orndorff and Austin Barker won the 2A doubles title Tuesday, while West Stokes’ Lucas Shelton took the singles crown.
North Coach Drew Belton said he was proud of his entire squad. The Greyhounds were the only players to win all of their opening-round matches.
The Hounds’ fifth and sixth seeds played doubles together as the underdog to Jacob Covington and David Gravitt, West Stokes.
Ryan Critz and D.J. Boyles pulled out a 6-3, 6-4 win to advance to the semifinals. They lost to top-seeded Luke Haymore and Colby Chilton, Surry Central, 6-2, 6-1.
Their teammates Orndorff/Barker had a first-round bye. They faced Central’s Zach Wilmoth and Trent Day, who beat Jordan Mitchell and Sam Elter, West Stokes, 7-5, 6-3. Orndorff/Barker advanced to the finals with a 6-0, 7-5 win.
Brandon and Austin played Haymore and Chilton twice during the regular season and lost both times (10-6 and 10-5), noted Belton.
In the first set, the Central pair jumped out to a 4-1 lead.
“They are a good doubles team and were seeded number one for a reason,” said Belton.
Despite the deficit and having lost to them twice, Orndorff and Barker kept their composure and battled back.
They took the first set 7-5 and kept it going in the second set for a 6-4 win.
In the third-place match, Wilmoth/Day won 6-3, 6-3 over Critz/Boyles to earn the third and final spot in the regional tournament this weekend.
In the singles bracket, Shelton and North’s Samuel Holder had first-round byes.
Third-seeded Andrew Holmes, West Stokes, beat Central’s Trevor Smith 6-0, 6-0.
Fourth-seed Corbin Willard, North Surry, and fifth-seed Alex Fowler, Surry Central, battled to a 6-6 tie in the first set. Willard took the tiebreaker 7-5, then won the second set 6-2.
Shelton swept Willard in the semifinals 6-0, 6-0.
Holder needed a tiebreaker to finish off Holmes in the other semifinal.
The Hound took the first set 6-2, but they battled to a 6-all tie before Holder prevailed 8-6 in the tiebreaker.
In the finals, Shelton won 6-1, 6-1, but Holder battled hard and made some of those games very tough, his coach pointed out.
Samuel wanted to make the regional tournament last year as a freshman, but was disappointed, noted Belton. The sophomore is upset he lost the final, but is excited to advance.
The third regional spot went to Holmes, who bested Willard 6-2, 6-3 in the third-place match.
While the 1A tournament is played over two days, the 2A players were able to squeeze in the entire tournament in one day so that West Stokes wouldn’t have to travel back to Mount Airy today.