The Lady Wildcats tennis team picked up their first win of the season against cross-county rival South Stokes on Monday with a 5-4 victory in King.
“I am so excited for the girls,” said Tanna Tilley, West Stokes first year coach. “A win gives you more confidence, especially against an in-county team. Hopefully we’ll continue to get better each day.”
In the first three single matches, Sydney Preston proved too strong for the Sauras number one seed Hannah King, winning 6-1, 6-3. The number two seed winner Saura Hannah Fischer defeated Torrie Preston 6-2, 6-3, and three seeded winner Wildcat Stephanie Henry bested Abby Quesenberry 7-5, 6-1.
In games four, five, and six West Stokes Sarah-Grace Sells won 7-5, 6-1, and South Stokes Harmony Templan outlasted Lucy Patterson 6-3, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-2.
Tied going into the double matches, the Lady Wildcats won two out of three matches.
“I think the girls now understand how important doubles are,” said the coach. “I was concerned about Torrie and Sarah-Grace because they dropped their single matches earlier in the day, but they stepped up and worked together and got the win for us.”
Preston and Sells won their match 9-7 and Sydney Preston and Henry won 8-6 to secure the Wildcats victory.
West Stokes improves 1-2 and will travel to North Surry on Thursday to open up conference play. South Stokes dropped to 1-2 and will play at Glenn on Wednesday in another non-conference matchup. The Sauras won against the Bobcats 9-0 last week.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.