Ben­ton tennis drops close one to Bears

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Tony Le­na­han tle­na­[email protected]­ton­

BEN­TON – The Ben­ton tennis team dropped a 5-3 de­ci­sion this past Thurs­day to the Syl­van Hills Bears at Tyn­dall Park in Ben­ton. The Ben­ton girls split, with its dou­bles duos down­ing the op­po­si­tion 2-0, while the Ben­ton boys fell 3-1.

In girls dou­bles, Ben­ton se­nior Ash­lyn Gibbs and ju­nior Alyssa Carter came away with an 8-6 win over Syl­van Hills’ Rocke and Bar­num, while sopho­more Rylee Sisco and ju­nior Erin Welch han­dled Brown and Mo­line 8-1 for the dou­bles’ sweep.

Also in ex­hi­bi­tion dou­bles, Ben­ton fresh­man Emma Young and Han­nah­grace Fritz won 4-0 over Reed and Wig­gins, as did Lady Pan­ther ju­nior Al­li­son Mcmil­lan and fresh­man Mad­die Kate Shel­ton.

In girls sin­gles ac­tion, Ben­ton ju­nior Al­li­son Hall fell 8-2 to the Lady Bears, with fresh­man Sasha Stamps drop­ping a 4-1 set to Rocke.

For the boys, sopho­more Mar­celles Nash was the lone Pan­ther to win, tak­ing a 9-7 vic­tory over Syl­van Hills’ Thomas in sin­gles play. Fresh­man Blake Covert fell 8-1 to Bynum, while Ben­ton sopho­mores

Luke Pel­ton and Eli Rose both won 4-1 over the Bears in ex­hi­bi­tion sin­gles.

The Ben­ton boys dou­bles teams played close, but would even­tu­ally get swept on Thurs­day. Sopho­more Pey­ton Shipp and Pel­ton fell 8-6 to the Bears, with ju­nior Nathan Wil­liams and rose los­ing 8-5 to Stan­ley and Reil­mann.

Ben­ton is back in ac­tion Mon­day when the Pan­thers host Texarkana at 3:30 p.m. at Tyn­dall.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Ben­ton sopho­more Mar­celles Nash com­petes in a match ear­lier this sea­son. Nash won his sin­gles match over the Syl­van Hills Bears Thurs­day at Tyn­dall Park in Ben­ton.

GREG DAVIS/ Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Ben­ton se­nior Ash­lyn Gibbs com­petes in a match ear­lier in the sea­son. Gibbs, with ju­nior team­mate Alyssa Carter, picked up a dou­bles win over Syl­van Hills this past Thurs­day at Tyn­dall Park in Ben­ton.

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