FAYETTEVILLE — The Lady Knights took a break from Four County Conference tennis on Monday and made a trip to Arnette Park in Fayetteville for a non-conference match with Fayetteville Christian Academy, where West Bladen came away with a sweep of the doubles action and a 7-2 win.
The Lady Knights took the first two singles matches, with No. 1 Alanna Ludlum posting a 6-4, 6-3 win and No. 2 Amber Long getting a 7-5, 6-0 victory.
After the Lady Patriots won the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches — with Madison Singletary dropping a hard-fought 6-1, 6-7 and 6-10 match at No. 4 — West Bladen took the next two. No. 5 Haley Dimery won 6-1, 6-3 and No. 6 Conner Brisson earned a 6-3, 6-0 win.
In doubles, the Lady Knights put the match away by taking all three contests. The No. 1 duo of Ludlum and Long won 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 Helen Lopez and Singletary teamed for an 8-6 win; and, at No. 3, Dimery and Brisson earned an 8-0 whitewash.
West Bladen improved to 9-5 overall.
— In Dublin on Monday, the Lady Knights took visiting Heidi Trask to the limit before falling in five sets by the scores of 25-13, 15-25, 21-25, 25-18, 11-15.
Logan Autry and Laikyn Pait combined for 26 service winners with 13 each for West Bladen — Autry had four aces, 14 assists and two kills; Pait added four aces and a kill.
Kassidy Anderson contributed nine service points with three aces and three kills, while Morgan Schumacher had seven service points with 11 kills and a block for the Lady Knights.
Lorna Smith had nine kills for the Lady Knights; Kathryn Schultz added four kills, two aces and two blocks; Raegan Davis had two kills.
West Bladen is now 5-6 overall and 1-4 in the Four County Conference.
— West Bladen couldn’t turn back visiting Heidi Trask’s second-half onslaught and took a 10-3 Four County Conference loss on Monday in Dublin.
The Knights fall to 2-6-2 overall and 0-3 in the conference, while the Titans move to 4-4-2, 1-2.
Trask took an early 1-0 lead, but the Knights came back with a pair of goals — one each by Emerson Escobar and Jorchael Gonzalez — for a 2-1 edge midway through the first half. Moments later, however, the Titans knotted the match at 2-2, where things stood at halftime.
In the second half, Trask scored four unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead before Escobar found the back of the net for his second goal, pulling the Knights to within 6-3. But Trask scored another four unanswered goals to seal the win.
— In Elizabethtown on Monday, the visiting Patriots scored late in the match and took a 2-1 Four County Conference win over East Bladen.
The loss drops the Eagles to 4-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference.