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GIRLS TENNIS: Columbus East too tough for Stars

COLUMBUS – Columbus East surrendered only one game while powering past Bedford North Lawrence 5-0 on Monday afternoon.

BNL’s Hannah Yeary posted the only point for the Stars at No.1 singles as she suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Ashlee Hasson. The No.28 Olympians won the remaining matches by 6-0, 6-0 counts.

The Stars will entertain Seymour on Tuesday.

 

COLUMBUS EAST 5, BNL 0

Singles: 1. Ashlee Hasson d. Hannah Yeary 6-1, 6-0; 2. Megan Galle d. Hannah Pritchett 6-0, 6-0; 3. Risa Mineno d. Lauren Mitchell 6-0, 6-0

Doubles: 1. Lauren Champion and Alexa Husmann d. Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond 6-0, 6-0; 2. Amanda Sum and Amanda Hashimoto d. Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane 6-0, 6-0

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GIRLS TENNIS: BNL breezes to win over Loogootee

Hannah Pritchett

Hannah Pritchett

Hannah Yeary

Hannah Yeary

Stars bounce back

from stinging defeats

with 5-0 win over Lions

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

After getting a first-hand glimpse at ranked competition, Bedford North Lawrence returned to its winning ways on Monday afternoon.

The Stars (4-2) shook off a two-match slump against their Bloomington neighbors and rivals to breeze past Loogootee 5-0 on the asphalt courts at BNL. The win, particularly the way the singles trio dominated, was a welcome and necessary recovery.

Video: BNL bounces Loogootee

“It’s what we deserved,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said.

The Hannahs and their sisters didn’t need long to vanquish the Lions (0-5). Hannah Yeary topped Emily Bateman 6-1, 6-2 at No.1 singles while Hannah Pritchett pounced on Erin Nelson 6-2, 6-0 at No.2.

“It’s a good win for us,” Yeary said. “It will give us some confidence. We learned we have to dig in.”

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GIRLS TENNIS: South too strong for BNL

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington South surrendered only seven games while stopping Bedford North Lawrence 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon.

The  No.14 Panthers, the defending sectional champions, only allowed two games in the five opening sets to set the tone on their home courts.

“They were a fantastic team, probably the strongest we will face,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said.

Denise Azcui defeated Hannah Yeary 6-0, 6-0 at No.1 singles, Lauren Whitlach topped Hannah Pritchett 6-0, 6-0 at No.2, and Janani Krishnam powered past Schylar Hewitt 6-0, 6-2 at No.3.

“I saw a few good things,” Stigall said. “We played OK. We were just defeated by a better team.”

South also dominated the doubles as Holly Cornwell and Kacy Poore combined to beat Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond 6-0, 6-1 at No.1, while Jessy Holmberg and Luiza Hauskrecht defeated Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane 6-2, 6-2 at No.2.

 

Bloomington South 5, BNL 0

Singles: 1. Denise Azcui, South d. Hannah Yeary 6-0, 6-0; 2. Lauren Whitlach, South d. Hannah Pritchett 6-0, 6-0; 3. Janani Krishnam, South d. Schylar Hewitt 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles: 1. Holly Cornwell and Kacy Poore, South d. Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond 6-0, 6-1; 2. Jessy Holmberg and Luiza Hauskrecht, South d. Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane 6-2, 6-2.

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GIRLS TENNIS: North strolls to victory over BNL

Joni Stigall

Joni Stigall

Cougars drop only

7 games en route

 to 5-0 win over Stars

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bloomington North’s irresistible force was too powerful for Bedford North Lawrence on Monday afternoon.

The No.13 Cougars dropped only seven games while rolling to a 5-0 victory over the Stars on the asphalt courts at BNL. The Stars were originally scheduled to face North in the season opener on March 29, but inclement weather forced a postponement.

After 10 days and three wins, BNL still wasn’t armed heavily enough against the onslaught. At least the rough day didn’t last very long.

“We know North is tough,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “They’ve always been tough. We’ll learn.”

BNL (3-1) got a glimpse of its first possible sectional opponent and will get a first-hand look at No.14 Bloomington South, the defending champion, on Tuesday.

“We do have work to do, and that’s what we’ll do,” Stigall said. “We’ll keep working.”

North did not waste time, energy or strokes. Taylor Bode bounced Hannah Yeary 6-0, 6-0 at No.1 singles, Lauren Wicker defeated Hannah Pritchett 6-0, 6-0 at No.2, and Taraneh Ekbia frustrated Schylar Hewitt 6-1, 6-1 at No.3.

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GIRLS TENNIS: BNL blanks Vincennes Lincoln

Hannah Yeary

Hannah Yeary

Hannah Pritchett

Hannah Pritchett

VINCENNES – Bedford North Lawrence dropped only seven games while cruising to a 5-0 victory at Vincennes Lincoln on Thursday afternoon.

Hannah Yeary and Hannah Pritchett broke through for their first wins of the season in singles as BNL improved to 3-0.

Yeary defeated Myra Bauer 6-1, 6-1 at No.1 while Pritchett posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Janalyn Dye at No.2. “That’s a good confidence builder for them,” acting BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “They needed those wins. They were able to work on a few things.”

Lauren Mitchell completed the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 conquest of Cassidy Mercer-Scady at No.3.

The Stars also dominated doubles as Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond combined to top Brooke Klein and Claire Dillon 6-2, 6-0 at No.1. Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane authored a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Raven Chestnut and Madalynn Ellis at No.2.

“We had a good night,” Stigall said. “Everybody played their game and picked up their energy  level. They cut down on their errors.”

BNL will visit Bloomington South on Tuesday.

 

BNL 5, Vincennes Lincoln 0

Singles: 1. Hannah Yeary, BNL d. Myra Bauer 6-1, 6-1; 2. Hannah Pritchett, BNL d. Janalyn Dye 6-1, 6-2; 3. Lauren Mitchell, BNL d. Cassidy Mercer-Scady 6-0, 6-0

Doubles: 1. Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond, BNL d. Brooke Klein and Claire Dillon 6-2, 6-0; 2. Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane, BNL d. Raven Chestnut and Madalynn Ellis 6-0, 6-0

 

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GIRLS TENNIS: Stars double down on Providence

Schylar Hewitt

Sweep of doubles and

victory at No.3 singles

power BNL to 3-2 win

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s Schylar Hewitt wondered out loud if her exposed skin was purple. Frostbite, especially when a tennis player is dressed for summer, was a definite possibility near the late stages of her match on Tuesday evening.

Hewitt was tougher than the unseasonable weather. And too tough for Providence’s Alison Primavera to crack at No.3 singles. Hewitt won a marathon match (2 ½ hours on the court) as temperatures dipped to pleasant February conditions – except, this is April – that was the deciding point during BNL’s 3-2 victory over the Pioneers.

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Joni Stigall

The Stars also swept the doubles to win their home debut.

Hewitt hammered out a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreaker) win. She had trouble closing, as her 5-2 lead in the second set vanished, as did her 6-2 edge in the tiebreaker. But, as she did in a three-set struggle in the season opener on Monday night, she held on.

“That’s the second match in a row she’s had to dig deep,” acting BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “I’m very proud of her. She just had the heart to win, that’s what it was.”

The Stars also had to battle at No.2 doubles. Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane slipped past Brianna Jacobi and MaryAnn Fitzpatrick 7-5, 7-6 (7-2 in the tiebreaker).

The necessary third point was provided by Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond at No.1 doubles. They teamed to conquer Amanda Agtura and Olivia Bass 6-0, 6-4 as the Stars – still without an official, paid head coach –  improved to 2-0.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Stars debut with win at Barr-Reeve

MONTGOMERY – Bedford North Lawrence swept the doubles as the Stars won their season opener on the road during girls high school tennis action Monday afternoon.

The Stars won a trio of three-set battles to conquer Barr-Reeve 3-2.

“It’s a relief,” said acting BNL coach Joni Stigall. “We’re excited.”

Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond combined to clip Barr-Reeve’s Destiny Kidwell and Hania Sisco 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 at No.1 doubles, while Sierra Crane and Nicole Backherms bounced Baleigh Miller and Lynetta Graber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No.2.

“They both had to fight it out in the third sets,” Stigall said. “They were the important ones. They were the last ones on the courts. They don’t have experience but they showed they have a lot of heart and were ready to win.”

BNL’s third point came at No.3 singles as Schylar Hewitt rallied to defeat Emily Lee 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

“Schylar showed her mental toughness,” Stigall said. “She came back and took control of the match. She wore her opponent out completely.”

The Vikings took the top singles matches as Allison Hoovers topped Hannah Yeary 6-3, 6-1 at No.1, and Melody Rohrer stopped Hannah Pritchett 6-2, 6-3 at No.2.

BNL will make its home debut on Tuesday against Providence.

BNL 3, BARR-REEVE 2

Singles: 1. Allison Hoover, BR d. Hannah Yeary 6-3, 6-1; 2. Melody Rohrer, BR d. Hannah Pritchett 6-2, 6-3. Schylar Hewitt, BNL d. Emily Lee 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

Doubles: 1. Miley Nikirk and Mollie Bond, BNL d. Destiny Kidwell and Hania Sisco 6-4, 3-6, 7-5; 2. Sierra Crane and Nicole Backherms, BNL d. Baleigh Miller and Lynetta Graber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

 

 

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VIDEO: BNL girls tennis preview

Preview on the 2013 BNL girls tennis team, which is still awaiting the confirmation of Joni Stigall as the new head coach by the NLCS school board.

Video: BNL girls tennis preview