The Lady Vikings traveled to South Stokes on Monday and defeated the Sauras 6-2 improving their record to 6-3 this season.
“Our girls are learning to play more aggressive,” said North coach Mandee Bennett. “We’re definitely beginning to see some bright spots.”
Top seed Brittney Brown defeated Jenny Glidewell.
“Brittney’s solid. She’s done really well. She beat the number one at East Surry which has been one of her highlights this season,” Bennett said.
Along with some success, North has struggled pulling through tiebreakers.
“If the tiebreakers had gone our way we would have won all three we lost,” Bennett said. “We lost four out of five tiebreakers at Mount Airy, and two out of three against Bishop.”
North fared better at South with wins from Nicole Foley, Abby Williams, Alyssa Collins, and Morgan Rogers.
“We just want to keep pushing each other and keep working towards our goal of conference champs,” the coach said.
Although the Lady Sauras fell to the Vikings, they’re 3-3 this season and slated to be ones to watch in the Western Piedmont conference. With 14 girls on the team, eight of which are seniors, the group hits the court with a wealth of experience. Last season South finished 12-3, and second place in the WPAC.
“We just can’t let up and hope that last year’s effort does the same thing this year,” said coach Darren Redding. “We’re in a position to do some nice things in conference so we’ve just got to take advantage and we’ve got to compete.”
Over the summer Redding’s team continued improving, and a number of his players attended camps preparing for their senior season.
“These girls are hungry and they’ve put in the work during off season,” he said.
Top seed Jenny Gladwell is a returning all-conference athlete and the coach believes she’s competing at a higher level this year with more consistency.
“She knows she has the skills. It’ just a matter of getting that taste of winning and playing to what she’s capable of,” he said.
Taylor Evans, Jenny Smith, the only junior on the team, and Kristen Denny are off to strong starts, according to the coach.
“For these seniors, I don’t want them to have any regrets. I want them to have done everything they can possibly do to win and compete at this level,” Redding said. “We’ve got a long way to go, a lot of tennis to play. But they have an opportunity here. They’re just going to have to compete.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.