The Mountain Home Bombers and Lady Bombers each picked up easy nonconference victories over Bergman in high school tennis action Tuesday at Mountain Home Athletic Club.
The Lady Bombers won all five matches against the Lady Panthers to improve to 6-1-3 on the season. Mountain Home’s Cortni Thomas won her singles match, 6-0, and Lauren Chentnik was a 6-1 winner in singles play.
“Cortni is continuing to do well and get better,” Mountain Home tennis coach David Moore said. “This year, there is some stronger competition, and she isn’t undefeated through conference like last year. (Jonesboro’s) best player is a freshman, and she’s the top player in the Southern Region. She’s just a power. The fact that Cortni was able to get three games on her was good.”
Mountain Home’s doubles team of Cara Conner and Maddy Lewis won their match, 6-0.
“Maddy and Cara kind of had a hiccup when we played Harrison to start the season, but that’s what those first nonconference matches are about,” Moore said. “Since then, they’ve only lost once, and that was to Jonesboro’s top team.”
Lady Bombers Taylor Hasselwander and Elizabeth Lewis won a pair of doubles matches, 6-0 and 6-3.
“Taylor and Elizabeth have really been able to make it jell,” Moore said, “and I think they’re going to be fighting it out to get into state again. It would be really nice to get both doubles teams into state.”
The Bombers posted a 4-1 victory as Jack Arp and Billy Beck each rolled to singles victories. Arp won 6-1, while Beck won 6-0.
“Both of them have upped their game and played tough all season,” Moore said of Arp and Beck. “Right now, I think they’re going to be fighting for a state spot. Jonesboro’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams have beaten us, and Searcy’s No. 1 team has beaten us, but we’ve been able to beat everybody else.”
The doubles team of Hunter Morrison and Jacob Davis split their two matches, falling 2-6, then winning 6-0. The Mountain Home team of C.J. Blackmon and Eli McCoach won their match, 6-1.
In junior varsity play, Mountain Home’s Dylan Kimbriel won 6-1 in singles play, and Kinbriel and McCoach teamed to win a doubles match, 6-0.
In junior varsity girls’ action, Chentnik was a 6-0 winner in singles, while Madilyn Jones and Kaitlyn Guinn teamed up for a 6-4 win and Guinn and Bailey Ross teamed up for a 6-2 victory in doubles play.
The Bombers and Lady Bombers return to action at 4 p.m. Thursday at Russellville High School where they will meet both Greenwood and Siloam Springs in a tri-match.
“Siloam Springs has a boy from Ukraine and a boy from Brazil,” Moore said, “and they’re supposed to be really good singles players.”
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