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GIRLS TENNIS: Double loss for shifted Stars

BNLs Victoria Holt concentrates on a forehand shot. Holt won at No.3 singles, but she will miss the remainder of the season when she undergoes surgery later this week.

BNL’s Victoria Holt concentrates on a forehand shot. Holt won at No.3 singles, but she will miss the remainder of the season when she undergoes surgery later this week.

Bloomfield pulls out 3-2

win, and Stars lose Holt

for season-ending surgery

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence junior Victoria Holt had a triumphant, albeit premature, conclusion to her season on Monday afternoon. Now the Stars, still winless and waiting to celebrate, will have to figure out another lineup adjustment.

Holt pounded out a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Bloomfield’s Maizy Gilliland at No.3 singles, then announced she is scheduled for surgery on Friday. She had been battling a chest issue that hampered her breathing on the court, and the time has come to repair that. She was one of the few with varsity experience before the season started.

“It’s like, ‘What else can go wrong for us?'” BNL coach Joni Stigall said.

Holt’s win was one of the few things that went as planned. The Cardinals pulled out a 3-2 victory as BNL, which featured another lineup change as the search for the magic formula continued, dropped to 0-7.

Jaclyn Dufresne hits a volley at the net during BNLs win at No.2 doubles.

Jaclyn Dufresne hits a volley at the net during BNL’s win at No.2 doubles.

Holt was part of the most recent rotation revolution. She slid down to No.3 after playing the first six matches at No.2.

“She had a hard time finishing sets, she just gets tired and worn out,” Stigall said. “So I put her at 3, to get her a win, get her some confidence. And she looked pretty good out there.

“Now with her gone, here we go again. I hate it for her. It’s bad for us. I hate it for her more than us. We’ll get by. I have no idea what we’ll do.”

Another shift worked as Jaclyn Dufrense teamed with Ali Adams, another new partnership in doubles, for a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kendra Gadberry and Sierra Kirkley at No.2.

BNLs Ali Adams attacks a shot as the Stars prevailed at No.2 doubles.

BNL’s Ali Adams attacks a shot as the Stars prevailed at No.2 doubles.

“They were good together,” Stigall said. “Maybe I should have had them at 1. They hadn’t played together, ever, but I think they could have won at 1. So now I’m kicking myself. You just never know.”

Bloomfield did the kicking on the other courts. Emily Bucher stopped Hope Martin 6-0, 6-1 at No.1 singles while Mariah Long conquered Nikola Malkova 6-0, 7-5 at No.2. Rachel Hasler and Malea Toon toppled Jenna Williams and Olivia Riley 6-0, 6-2 at No.1 doubles.

The Stars will take a needed break to regroup and reshuffle before hosting Columbus East on May 2.

BLOOMFIELD 3, BNL 2

Singles: 1. Emily Bucher, Bloom d. Hope Martin 6-0, 6-1; 2. Mariah Long, Bloom d. Nikola Malkova 6-0, 7-5; 3. Victoria Holt, BNL d. Maizy Gilliland 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: 1. Rachel Hasler and Malea Toon, Bloom d. Jenna Williams and Olivia Riley 6-2, 6-2; 2. Ali Adams and Jaclyn Dufresne, BNL d. Kendra Gadberry and Sierra Kirkley 6-0, 6-2