BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence pushed Bloomington South to the limit before falling 5-0 during high school tennis action on Tuesday afternoon.
While the Panthers swept all the matches, the Stars forced a third set on two courts and lost a two-set thriller on a third.
“We gave them a match,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “I understand we got beat 5-0 but we have not played them this close in a very long time. I told the girls this match should prove to us our progress. We are not satisfied but optimistic.”
The best battle came at No.1 doubles. South’s Tate Blackwell and Quincey Rink pulled out a third-set tiebreaker to edge Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6).
“We were as even as you could see in two teams,” Stigall said. “We were better at the net, but our groundstroke errors were the difference.”
South’s Natalie Hall clipped Kiara Terry 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 at No.2 singles, while Elenna Kim edged Sarah Gaither 7-5, 6-4 at No.3.
“Kiara played a tough match,” Stigall said. “There was no love lost between those two, so if we meet again, Kiara will be ready. Her opponent just outpowered her a bit in the end.
“Sarah is taking one for the team. She hates playing singles, but I need her there and she will always play hard.”
The Panthers finished the sweep as Maya Mills cruised past Presley Clark 6-0, 6-0 at No.1 singles, while Steffi Marvin and Maggie Doyle decked Molly Simmerman and Rachel Kidd 6-3, 6-1 at No.2 doubles.
“I’m proud of this team,” Stigall said. “It won’t be long. It’s just a matter of time.”
BNL (0-4) will host Linton on Thursday.
Bloomington South 5, BNL 0
1 Maya Mills d. Presley Clark 6-0, 6-0
2 Natalie Hall d. Kiara Terry 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
3 Elenna Kim d. Sarah Gaither 7-5, 6-4
1 Tate Blackwell and Quincey Rink d. Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6)
2 Steffi Marvin and Maggie Doyle d. Molly Simmerman and Rachel Kidd 6-3, 6-1