It’s 2-for-2 on the young season for the Mount Airy tennis team.
The Lady Bears received more opposition from the weather than they did from the visitors from Elkin on Tuesday evening, with their scheduled match not getting underway on time thanks to a late-summer squall.
After the rain passed, the teams agreed to shorten the singles matches to a single set each, with eight games required to win the set rather than the usual six. Mount Airy swept all six singles matches and then lost just seven games in the three doubles matches, ending the evening with its second straight 9-0 victory.
Elizabeth Marion had the toughest match of the day playing at No. 1 singles against the Lady Elks’ Mattie Timmerman. Despite being broken twice on serve, she rallied from down 4-5 to claim an 8-6 victory.
Logan King was the first Lady Bear to claim a match victory. The Lady Bears’ No. 4 routed Sydney Kelly 8-0. Maya Hicks completed her No. 3 singles match next, holding serve on her first four opportunities to build a 7-2 advantage. She dropped a break to Emma Aldridge on the next rotation, but then closed out for an 8-4 win.
Elizabeth Bray made the team tally 3-0 in Mount Airy’s favor with an easy 8-1 decision over Larkyn Nelson at No. 5. Marion’s win was the next to go into the books, extending the Lady Bears’ lead to four match wins to none. Bailey Jackson had the honor of clinching the team victory with her 8-2 victory over Brianna Dreyer at No. 2. Jackson was broken at 1-1 to fall behind, but then broke back immediately and reeled off seven straight game wins for the victory.
Freshman Meredith Marion moved into the starting lineup at No. 6 singles thanks to an ankle injury sustained by starter Lisa Omuro, but was up to the challenge. She rolled to an 8-1 victory over Brooke Collins to finish off the sweep of the singles.
Meredith Marion and freshman Anna-Kate Tucker teamed up on the No. 3 doubles for the Lady Bears and finished their day’s work before anyone else did, scoring three service breaks in an 8-1 rout of Kelly and Collins. The No. 2 doubles wrapped up next, with King and Bray briefly falling behind when they surrendered a break at 1-1. However, the duo answered with a break of their own and then scored two more in succession, eventually claiming an 8-3 victory over Dreyer and Nelson.
Marion and Jackson scored a break on the first game of their No. 1 doubles against Timmerman and Aldridge and sailed to an 8-3 victory that ended the match. In two exhibition singles matches, Tucker defeated Kenley Wells 6-0, and Anna Ilyasova defeated Casey Matthews 6-2. The Lady Bears visit North Surry this evening.