Matthew Gorry Sports Writer
October 11, 2013
ELKIN — Area teams shined at the Mountain Valley Conference tennis tournament Monday afternoon at the Elkin tennis courts.
Newly-crowned champion East Wilkes and Starmount littered the 1A singles semifinal round, squaring off in both matches.
No. 1 seed ShaNisha White (East Wilkes) blanked Kristin Nicks (Starmount) in the semis to punch her ticket into the finals before No. 2 Molly Callaway (East Wilkes) advanced with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Madison McLellan (Starmount).
In the all-Cardinal championship round, Callaway pulled the upset, knocking off her teammate, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 to win the individual title.
The Lady Elks, who finished third in the final league standings, dominated the doubles side of the tournament, advancing two teams into the semifinals.
Elkin’s top-seeded team of Payton Nicholson and Miracle Walters battled past McKenzie Stokes and Abby Burchette (East Wilkes) 6-3, 7-5 to reach the title round. In the second semifinal match, Alleghany’s Molly Andrews and Kallie Dalton knocked off Elkin’s Makayla Dimmette and Ally Gentry, 6-0, 7-6 (4) to spoil an all-Elk doubles final.
The duo of Nicholson and Walters breezed to the doubles title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Andrews and Dalton.
The finalists in singles and doubles qualify for regionals next week at the Elkin tennis courts.
2013 Mountain Valley Conference Tennis Tournament
ShaNisha White (East Wilkes) def. Madison Murphy (Alleghany) 6-0, 6-0
Kristin Nicks (Starmount) def. Julie Neumark (Elkin) 7-5, 6-4
Madison McLellan (Starmount) def. Lydia Garcia (Alleghany) 6-4, 6-3
Molly Callaway (East Wilkes) def. Emma Aldridge (Elkin) 6-0, 6-0
1A Singles Second Round
White (East Wilkes) def. Nicks (Starmount) 6-0, 6-0
Callaway (East Wilkes) def. McLellan (Starmount) 6-0, 6-1
1A Singles Championship
Molly Callaway (East Wilkes) def. White (East Wilkes) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
Payton Nicholson/Miracle Walters (Elkin) def. Katy Harper/Abby Wagoner (Alleghany) 6-0, 6-0
McKenzie Stokes/Abby Burchette (East Wilkes) def. Erin York/Amber Hurst (Starmount) 7-6 (3), 6-1
Makayla Dimmette/Ally Gentry (Elkin) def. Kayla Pardue/Kennedy Lester (East Wilkes) 6-3, 6-4
Molly Andrews/Kallie Dalton (Alleghany) def. Quinn Gillam/Molly Nichols (Starmount) 6-3, 6-1
1A Doubles Second Round
Nicholson/Walters (Elkin) def. Stokes/Burchette (East Wilkes) 6-3, 7-5
Andrews/Dalton (Alleghany) def. Dimmette/Gentry (Elkin) 6-0, 7-6 (4)
1A Doubles Championship
Nicholson/Walters (Elkin) def. Andrews/Dalton (Alleghany) 6-1, 6-1
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