High School Sports

Season recap: Blythewood tennis

Blythewood enjoyed an outstanding 2008 campaign in its first season at the Class 4A level. The Bengals closed with a 12-2 overall record and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, and went a perfect 10-0 en route to winning the Region 4-4A championship.

"I could not be prouder of a group of young ladies,” said coach Nick Hendrix.

“They were always supportive of each other and they always played with lots of class. I believe the season was a huge success, and was another stepping-stone toward an eventual state championship. Last year, the team had its first ever playoff appearance as a No. 8 seed. It was exciting and an honor to host two playoff matches at the school.

“Even though we came up short in our match with Dorman, the match was much closer the score shows. Three courts came down to tiebreakers and we lost two of the three. If a couple of points had bounced our way, we might still be playing. I was very happy with the younger players who showed a lot of composure in stressful situations. The team will certainly miss the experience of the departing seniors, but I am excited about next year because of the returning players.”

Amana Malatek and Lee Ferrell were Blythewood’s top players this season. Both finished with 14-0 records and earned spots on the all-region team. Malatek, a senior, was named the region player of the year.

The rest of the starting lineup featured eighth-grader Alyssa Ursprung at No. 3 singles, seventh grader Mikaela King at No. 4 singles, sophomore Jacqueline Ursprung at No. 5 singles with junior Taneisha Mickle and sophomore Natalie Dommers at No. 2 doubles.