DUBLIN — Tie-breakers were the difference Thursday when the Lady Knights handed visiting Clinton a 7-2 Four County Conference loss.
West Bladen improves to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Dark Horses fell to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
In singles play, West Bladen’s No. 1 Alanna Ludlum easily took care of her opponent, 6-1 and 6-2 — but then extended tennis took over.
Lady Knights No. 2 Amber Long was handed her first loss of the season when she split the first two sets 3-6 and 6-3, then lost a hard-fought tie-breaker, 13-11.
At No. 3 singles, Helen Lopez rallied for a West Bladen, dropping the first set 4-6 before coming on strong to win the second set 6-0 and take the tie-breaker, 10-7.
Conner Brisson also went to a tie-breaker at No. 4 singles, splitting the first two sets 6-3 and 4-6, then winning the tie-breaker, 10-5.
At. No. 5 singles, Savannah Lee was taken to a tie-breaker after splitting the first two sets 6-4 and 2-6, where she dominated for a 10-3 win.
Rounding out the singles matches, Alyssa Bell made sure there would be no tie-breaker, winning her match 6-1 and 6-2.
In doubles, Ludlum and Long teamed up at No. 1 to take a 6-1, 6-2 win; at No. 3, Lopez and Hannah Arnett battled for a hard-fought 9-7 win.
“The Knights and the Dark Horses both played some great tennis … (and) we were fortune to win three of the four tiebreakers and … get some very close wins in doubles,” West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson said. “I think playing a lot of non-conference games helped us be better prepared.
“The game could have easily been 7-2 in favor of Clinton,” he added. “They have a very solid program there. Very proud of how are girls hung right with them and pulled it out.”
The Lady Knights will next travel to face East Bladen in a Four County Conference match on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Lady Eagles whip WRH
In Teachey on Thursday, East Bladen took both doubles matches played to seal up a 5-3 Four County Conference win over Wallace-Rose Hill.
The Lady Eagles improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 2-6 and 0-4.
In singles, Justyna Gargala won 6-1 and 6-0 at No. 1; Ting Lin took a 6-1, 6-1 win at 5; and Jayme Leeann Frady rallied for a hard-fought 4-6, 6-6 (7-5) and 18-16 tie-breaker victory at No. 6.
In doubles action, Gargala teamed with Cassie Hill at No. 1 to earn a tough 8-8 (11-9 tie-breaker) win; and the East Bladen duo of Trinity Carroll and Maddie West battled for a 9-7 win at No. 2.
The Lady Eagles will host West Bladen on Wednesday in a Four County Conference match at 4 p.m.