By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – After battling through a storm of tough matches, the rushing wind that blew across the Bedford North Lawrence asphalt courts was the collective sigh of relief.
The Stars (1-4) posted their first win of the season, and did so in impressive fashion with a 5-0 sweep of Linton on Thursday afternoon. BNL dropped only five games in 10 sets.
BNL dug into the Miners like hungry soldiers at boot camp, finishing quickly without waste. Three matches were 6-0, 6-0 scores.
“For the week we had, with two tough teams (Bloomington North and South), it was nice to stay a little relaxed,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “It was nice to sit back and watch, with no real worries, and just let them play. Let them figure out things on their own, and they did that.”
What the Stars figured out was winning sure beats the alternative.
“We’ve been working hard and had some tough matches lately,” BNL’s Presley Clark said. “This was good for us. I was in a little funk, but I feel better now. This will get us going.”
Kiara Terry recorded a 6-0, 6-2 win over Ellie Brewer at No.1 singles, while Clark clubbed Henley House 6-0, 6-0 at No.2. Sarah Gaither, now cemented in the singles lineup, also cruised with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Bailey Near at No.3.
“Presley has figured out some approach shots, and she’s a different player,” Stigall said.
Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges bounced Reghan Moody and Kayla Smock 6-1, 6-2 at No.1 doubles, while the new coupling of Molly Simmerman and Angelica Godsey worked well during a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Emily Hayden and Kassidy Eichhorst at No.2
BNL will host Loogootee on Monday.
BNL 5, Linton 0
1 Kiara Terry d. Ellie Brewer 6-0, 6-2
2 Presley Clark d. Henley House 6-0, 6-0
3 Sarah Gaither d. Bailey Near 6-0, 6-0
1 Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges d. Reghan Moody and Kayla Smock 6-1, 6-2
2 Molly Simmerman and Angelica Godsey d. Emily Hayden and Kassidy Eichhorst 6-0, 6-0