Bengal tennis defeats Spring Valley, falls to River Bluff

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood traveled to Spring Valley last week for some girls’ tennis and left with a 6-0 victory, but it was not an easy victory by any means. Erica Zippel eventually ousted Crawford Latham in a brutal 1-6, 6-4, 13-11 dual.

Hannah was one of the Lady Bengals who had an easier go of things. She won her matchup in straight sets against Chyna Thompson 6-2, 6-1, and then Sophie Carlton won in relatively easy fashion over Chloe Vanderberg 6-3, 6-0.

Blythewood’s Jordan Slagle defeated Spring Valley’s Pallavi Rao.

Jordan Slagle outlasted Pallavi Rao but not without a fight. She eventually emerged with the 6-2, 6-4 straight-set win, then Emma Horan had to really work for a 4-6, 6-4, 13-11 win against Allie Wierbowski.

Rachel Truitt and Kinsey Todd closed the night out against Taylor Williams and Kate McMillan in a close doubles matchup, with a tight 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The Lady Bengals hosted River Bluff High School Tuesday night in a tight home contest and suffered their first loss on the season. Blythewood fought hard but the Gators pulled off the 4-2 win by getting the nod in the final two singles matches and in doubles.

Erica Zippel started off the night on a good-note with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Claire Floyd, but Victoria Votion stole one back against Hannah Myers, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, in the second contest of the night.

Sophie Carlton pulled the Bengals back ahead by defeating Liyin Zhu in a three-set battle, but then River Bluff went on a hot streak. Maegan Togneri started the momentum by topping the Bengals’ Jordan Slagle, and Kiana Thatcher closed out singles competition with a victory against Emma Horan.

Blythewood needed a win in doubles to tie the match-up, but River Bluff’s Shelby Byers Elizabeth Roguemore got the job done against Rachel Truitt and Kinsey Todd.