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GIRLS TENNIS: Olympians cruise past Stars

Ali Adams

Ali Adams

Jaclyn Dufresne

Jaclyn Dufresne

East sweeps to 5-0 win

in preview of HHC clash

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence got a sneak preview of its first-round opponent for next week’s Hoosier Hills Conference tournament. The Stars, winless and struggling to find consistency, have a tough challenge ahead.

Columbus East was threatened in only one set on the five courts while cruising to a 5-0 victory over BNL on Monday afternoon. The Stars (0-8) will host the Olympians once again on May 9 in the league tournament opener.

“It is a learning experience, but we definitely could have hung a little bit better on more courts,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “It’s one of those frustrating years, but I think we’re doing the best we can. We’re going back to the drawing board again.”

BNL’s Jaclyn Dufrense and Ali Adams offered the most resistance. They forced East’s Kendall Green and Esta Morrison to a first-set tiebreaker before suffering a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 loss at No.1 doubles.

“Any team Jackie is on is going to play to win,” Stigall said. “It’s not in her to not play hard, and Ali has done well all year. That’s all we want, for girls to come out here and play to win. Don’t have a reason that something happened, just play hard.”

East dominated the other courts. Megna Chari conquered Hope Martin 6-1, 6-3 at No.1 singles, Adycin Rager rolled past Nikola Malkova 6-2, 6-0 at No.2, and A.J. Pollert stopped Emily Chastain 6-2, 6-0 at No.3.

East’s Carolyn Travis and Madelyn Rhodes defeated Jenna Williams and Olivia Riley 6-2, 6-1 at No.2 doubles.

BNL will visit Seymour on Tuesday.

COLUMBUS EAST 5, BNL 0

Singles: 1. Megna Chari d. Hope Martin 6-1, 6-3; 2. Adycin Rager d. Nikola Malkova 6-2, 6-0; 3. A.J. Pollert d. Emily Chastain 6-2, 6-0

Doubles: 1. Kendall Gerkin and Esta Morrison d. Ali Adams and Jaclyn Dufresne 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; 2. Carolyn Travis and Madelyn Rhodes 6-2, 6-1