DUBLIN — The Lady Knights opened Four County Conference play with their first whitewashing of the season when they blanked visiting Wallace Rose Hill on Tuesday, 9-0.
West Bladen was pushed at No. 1 and No. 6 singles, but Alicia Avellaneda earned her first win of the season at No. 1 with an 8-6 verdict, and Sydney Jackson remained unbeaten at No. 6 with an 8-5 win.
In between, No. 2 Madison Staton earned an 8-2 win; No. 3 Alanna Ludlum took an 8-2 win; No. 4 Amber Long easily got an 8-1 win; and No. 5 Whitney Nye earned an 8-2 win.
In the doubles action, Avellaneda teamed with Long for an 8-4 victory at No. 1; Staton and Ludlum got the match’s lone shutout, 8-0 at No. 2; and the duo of Nye and Tatianna Sturgis got an 8-1 win at No. 3.
“With chance of bad weather in the area, both coaches agreed to play pro eights to ensure that the game could get completed as scheduled,” said West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson.
The Knights, now 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, will travel to Fairmont on Monday for a non-conference match.
— The Lady Knights were swept in three straight games by visiting Wallace-Rose Hill to open the Four County Conference schedule on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs took the match by the scores of 26-16, 25-13 and 25-17.
Morgan Sweeney led West Bladen with seven kills, while Laikyn Pait had a team-high five service winners that included three aces. She also had two kills.
— Clinton came to Elizabethtown and handed the Lady Eagles a 9-0 blanking in the Four County Conference opener on Tuesday.
Trinity Carroll suffered the biggest heartbreak at No. 6 singles by dropping a 6-1, 7-5 decision. The rest of the East Bladen team won just seven games.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Pender County on Thursday.
— The Eagles played visiting North Brunswick to a 1-1 knot on Tuesday in a non-conference match.
It was the Eagles fourth tie of the young season.
Tyler Polk put East Bladen on the board with a goal halfway through the first half, but the Scorpions managed to answer with a goal later in the half. Neither team could find the back of the net in the second half.
— In St. Pauls on Tuesday, West Bladen lost to the Bulldogs in a non-conference matchup, 3-1.
St. Pauls scored midway into the first half, then added a goal moments later for a 2-0 edge. Colby McLean cut the deficit in half before halftime with a penalty kick and the Knights trailed 2-1 at intermission.
The Bulldogs added a goal halfway through the second half to seal the win.
“The team played with a lot of grit …, not afraid to take on challenges,” said West Bladen coach Brennan Brown. “I would still like to see better ball distribution in our midfield and forwards, so passing and combination play will continue to be a theme in our practices.”
West Bladen opens Four County Conference action at Union on Monday.