The Granite Bears, ranked second in North Carolina’s 1A classification, finally got the monkey off their back with a 6-3 win over the visiting No. 7 ranked Vikings.
North handed Mount Airy its only loss earlier this season and coach Scott Kniskern said it’s encouraging to see his team defeat someone who has had their number for several seasons.
“It’s a big win, especially for my girls that came back from last year,” Kniskern said. “Since I’ve been the coach we hadn’t beaten North Stokes. I think that was a mental thing we had to get past but everyone stepped up and did a great job tonight to pull out the win.”
Mount Airy led 4-2 heading into doubles play, but Kniskern said he was still a little worried considering the Vikings swept his team in their previous meeting. But Mount Airy’s doubles team of Ellie Case and Jordan Gwyn gave their team the win quick, defeating Jordan Wilkins and Taylor York of North Stokes 10-3 to secure the overall team victory.
“That was a big one,” Kniskern said. “Ellie and Jordan had only lost one doubles match all season and that was to the number one North Stokes team earlier. They really wanted to come out and beat them and it was doubly important because we needed a win and didn’t want to get swept again.”
Mount Airy improves to 10-1 overall and 9-1 in Northwest 1A/2A Conference play. They will travel to 4A West Forsyth today before facing North Surry away Thursday.
Mount Airy 6,
North Stokes 3
Jordan Jackson (MA) d. Hayley Pack (NS) 6-1, 6-2
Ellie Case (MA) d. Jordan Wilkins (NS) 6-1, 6-1
Merry Kessler (MA) d. Taylor York (NS) 6-3, 6-3
Aliysha Hutchins (NS) d. Elizabeth Dinkins (MA) 6-2, 6-7, 12-10
Jordan Gwyn (MA) d. Kendra Hopkins (NS) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Millie Norman (NS) d. Alex Rigney (MA) 6-0, 6-0
Case/Gwyn (MA) d. Wilkins/York (NS) 10-3
Pack/Hutchins (NS) d. Jackson/Rigney (MA) 10-5
Kessler/Dinkins (MA) d. Hopkins/Norman (NS) 10-5
Cards sink Sauras, 7-2
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry knew the overall match outcome with South Stokes before doubles play began Monday, with the Cardinals sweeping the Sauras 6-0 in singles on the way to a 7-2 win.
The win pushes East to 8-4 overall and 7-4 in Northwest 1A/2A Conference play.
With such a strong conference (the Northwest has three of the top 10 teams in North Carolina), the Cardinals need to find wins wherever they can to keep themselves in the state dual playoff picture.
East Surry coach Phil Jordan said he was happy with his team’s play Monday and thinks the Cardinals have shown promise.
“We played well and we’ve gotten better over the course of the year,” Jordan said. “We had a good match at North Stokes and even though they beat us, it was close throughout. A lot of it could have gone either way. We’ve gotten better but our problem is we just haven’t been able to beat North Stokes or Mount Airy.”
The Cardinals will take on Bishop McGuinness Tuesday before facing the Sauras again Thursday in Walnut Cove. East will travel to Mount Airy Oct. 8 in the last conference match of the season.
East Surry 7, South Stokes 2
Megan Shelton (ES) d. Kaitlyn Sands (SS) 6-0,6-0
Marcie Matthews (ES) d. Danielle Burroughs (SS) 6-0, 6-0
Chloe Imus (ES) d. Cholsea Evans (SS) 6-2, 6-1
Leah Gibson (ES) d. Joanna Roberts (SS) 6-0, 6-1
Sarah Thompson (ES) d. Katie Miller (SS) 6-3, 6-0
Lauren Thompson (ES) d. Emily Mabe (SS 6-0, 7-5
Sands/Burroughs (SS) d. Scott/Gibson 8-6 (ES)
Evans/Roberts (SS) d. Laken Edwards/Ashley Jessup 10-8 (ES)
Sarah Johnson/L. Thompson (ES) d. Miller/Mabe (SS) 8-4
Central sweeps West Stokes
Surry Central had no trouble with West Stokes Monday, dispatching the Wildcats 8-1. The Golden Eagles lost just one singles match and swept West in Doubles.
Central improves to 4-6 in Northwest 1A/2A Conference play and 5-6 overall. They will host South Stokes today at 4:30 p.m.
Surry Central 8, West Stokes 1
Tara Dockery (SC) d. Kayla Holder (WS) 6-0, 6-0
Taylor Casey (SC) d. Christina Isaac (WS) 6-1, 6-0
Kayla Feeney (SC) d. Whitney Moon (WS) 6-1, 6-0
Hunter Marion (SC) d. Michaela Newsome (WS) 6-1, 6-1
Madeline Shelton (WS) d. Gabby Shinault (SC) 6-2, 6-1
Megan Gillespe (SC) d. Sabrina Webster (WS) 6-0 6-3
Feeney/Marion (SC) d. Holder/Isaacs (WS) 10-0
Newsome/Gillespie (SC) d. Moon/Newsome (WS) 8-6
Abby Samuels/Savannah Wilson (SC) d. Shelton/Webster (WS) 9-7