This is a rough neighborhood for tennis, as the young North Surry tennis team has found out this month.
The Lady Greyhounds have played five matches against some of the area’s top teams, and lost all but one of them, a victory over North Stokes in their second contest 12 days ago. However, head coach Mark Parsons said that he hopes that the tough pre-conference slate will help North Surry be competitive in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.
“We have had a really difficult non-conference schedule, playing really good teams and today was no different,” Parsons said Monday after his team lost 9-0 to East Surry, a 1A quarterfinalist last year that returned quite a bit of talent.
The Lady Cardinals, who improved to 3-1 and whose only loss was 5-4 to unbeaten Surry Central, went through the six singles matches without too much trouble. North Surry (1-4) was much more competitive in the doubles, but didn’t manage to pull any of them out.
East’s Haley Jennelle lost four games in her straight-set win over Katherine Parsons at No. 1 singles, and Daphne Dixon did the same at No. 6 singles against Kacey Willis, both matches by 6-1, 6-3 scores. No other Lady Cardinal lost more than a single game. From 2 through 5, Abigail Martin beat Callie Willard, Sarah Mann downed Julianna Cooke, Carson Payne topped Paige Simpson and Haley Gilley defeated McKensie Bare.
In the doubles, Parsons and Willard lost 8-4 to Martin and Payne, while Simpson and Bare came closest for North Surry, dropping the No. 2 doubles to East’s Gilley and Abbie Koons. At No. 3 doubles, the Lady Cardinals’ Lili Craven and Riley Hopkins scored an 8-4 win over Olivia Mauldin and Madison Stockman.
North Surry will play its WPAC opener today at Forbush.
“Not one girl on our team has quit working hard,” Parsons said. “We all truly believe we are getting better and will be a tough out in conference play.”
League action has not yet begun for East Surry. The Lady Cardinals, who are ranked eighth in the state by the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches Association, host West Stokes today.