Benton tennis drops close one to Bears
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.
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.
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.