South and West Stokes tennis met for a second time this season on Monday in a non-conference match with the Wildcats completing the season sweep in a 7-2 victory.
“I knew the girls had improved, but it’s been tough to really see it because we have lost some close matches lately,” said Wildcats coach Tanna Tilley. “The score from the first time we faced South (5-4) to now definitely shows that we have made progress.”
Winning for the Wildcats was number one seed Sydney Preston over Hannah King 6-4, 6-3. Her sister, Torri Preston, beat Hannah Fischer 6-3, 0-6, 10-8. Other individual winners were: Stephanie Henry vs. Abby Quenesberry 5-7, 6-4, 11-9; Sarah Sells vs. Kaitlin Tow 6-1, 6-3; and Rhyan Sapp won her first career match over Harmony Templan 6-4, 6-3.
In double matches, Sydney Preston and Henry won 8-4, while Torrie Preston and Sells won 8-0.
Winners for South were Lucy Patterson (6-0, 6-0) in individuals and doubles with Arie Hayes partnering for a 6-1 win.
North Stokes defeated 2A North Surry on Monday and 1A Northwest Conference rival South Stokes on Tuesday.
Against the Greyhounds the Vikings won five of the six individual matches. Number one seed Alyssa Collins battled Katherine Parson 6-7, 6-4, 10-8. Brianna Lester won 6-4, 6-1, Lauren Collins 6-4, 6-3, Grace Byerly 6-0, 6-0, and Cynthia Collins 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles, the Vikings won all three games. Collins and Lester finished 8-2, Addie Bryant and Byerly won 8-3, but Sprinkle and Collins match went to a double tie breaker with the team coming back from a 7-1 deficit to win the game.
“I am so proud of everyone’s performance,” said Mandee Bennett, the Vikings coach. “When they were down they just kept playing their game and talking to each other with a lot of encouragement. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of a fine, young group of ladies with a lot of grit.”
Against South on Tuesday, the Vikings won 7-2 with two matches going to a third set tie breaker. Collins beat King 6-2, 4-6, 11-9, and Fischer won the two seed contest over Tessa Sprinkle 6-3, 6-1. Lester beat Quenesberry 6-2, 6-4, Collins over Tow 6-1, 6-0, Byerly over Templan 6-3, 6-4, and the Sauras Lucy Patterson over Cynthia Collins 6-3, 0-6, 10-6.
The Vikings swept the Sauras in doubles by winning all three matches 10-7, 10-7, and 10-5.
“We have made so much progress since the beginning of the season,” Lady Sauras coach Andy Smith. “I have to remind myself of that from time to time. We are getting better every game and that is all I can ask of the girls.”
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