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Alices spoil BNL home opener with 3-2 victory

BNL’s Kiara Terry smacks a forehand return during action at No.1 singles. Terry posted a win, but the Stars fell 3-2 to Vincennes Lincoln on Thursday afternoon.

By Justin Sokeland

BEDFORD – Decisions, decisions, decisions. Hey, that’s why coaches make the big money.

Well, perhaps not high school coaches. Nevertheless, Bedford North Lawrence’s Joni Stigall will be making some tough lineup choices after the Stars fell to Vincennes Lincoln 3-2 in their home debut on Thursday.

The Alices pulled out a victory at No.1 doubles for the deciding point, and Stigall felt some lineup adjustments were necessary as the Stars slipped to 0-2.

“We have a lot of decisions to make,” Stigall said. “There are things that just aren’t working. They should be, but they’re not. So we have to maneuver some things. We have to figure that out.”

The shuffling might come lower in the lineup. Kiara Terry looked solid at No.1 singles as she stopped Anna Purdom 6-2, 6-3.

“She holds her own well,” Stigall said. “I’m happy with the way she plays.”

BNL’s other win came from Abbey Bridges and Molly Simmerman at No.2 doubles as that duo conquered Katie Roman and Abi Kirk 6-3, 6-4.

“They came back from being down, and that’s great,” Stigall said. “We have to jump on things when we have the chance.”

Lincoln recorded wins at No.2 singles (Alison Hein dropped Presley Clark 6-2, 6-1) and No.3 singles (Savannah Purdom pounced on Alex Godsey 6-3, 6-1). The team result swung on No.1 doubles as Kaylee McKnight an Ashlyn Hillenbrand edged Abby Riley and Sarah Gaither 6-3, 6-4.

“From watching, I can see what’s working and what’s not,” Stigall said. “Last year we counted on doubles and 3 singles. This year it’s the opposite.”

BNL will return to action on Monday when it hosts Bloomington North.



1 Kiara Terry, BNL d. Anna Purdom 6-2, 6-3

2 Alison Hein, VL d. Presley Clark 6-2, 6-1

3 Savannah Purdom, VL d. Alex Godsey 6-3, 6-1


1 Kaylee McKnight and Ashlyn Hillenbrand, VL d. Abby Riley and Sarah Gaither 6-3, 6-4

2 Abbey Bridges and Molly Simmerman, BNL d. Katie Roman and Abi Kirk 6-3, 6-4