Victory to host Eagles, 4-2

Beaufort High edges HHCA in tennis

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 25, 2012 

Addie Everidge knew a little of what to expect from Catherine Campbell on Monday.

Everidge, a Beaufort High School junior, had already faced Campbell on the tennis court when Hilton Head Christian Academy played host. And on Beaufort High's home court Monday, Everidge made sure to try and set the pace.

She returned Campbell's deep balls down the middle with angled shots, kept Campbell running and earned a 7-5, 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles to help Beaufort High win the match, 4-2.

"I kept the pace going instead of playing her game," Everidge said. "I just played to the best of my abilities."

Beaufort High improved to 7-3 on the season. The result was a follow-up to the teams' Sept. 11 meeting, which Beaufort High won 4-3 in a match decided by No. 1 doubles.

Windy conditions earlier in the month made preparations for the rematch difficult, Hilton Head Christian coach Eric Wammock said. Players played out of character, he said. Wind dictated the pace.

"They were just dinking the ball back and forth," Wammock said of the No. 2 singles match during the teams' first match this season. "And today, it was gloves off.

"If you'd have seen the two matches, you wouldn't have believed it was the same kids."

Under calmer conditions Monday, Beaufort High earned victories at Nos. 1, 3 and 4 singles. The doubles team of Austen Stoddard and Katie Newell also picked up a point for Beaufort High.

After struggling with the wind during the first meeting, Hilton Head Christian sophomore Monica Bundy hit harder Monday en route to a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles. Kate Bennett earned Hilton Head Christian's other point, at No. 5 singles.

Beaufort High was able to schedule Hilton Head Christian after coaches voted to lift the requirement to play one match with Region 7 schools. That meant Beaufort High didn't have to travel to the likes of Stratford and James Island.

The new agreement allowed Beaufort High coach David Riedmayer to protect his seniors taking advanced placement classes while also scheduling solid local teams.

"It's easier to get better competition," Riedmayer said.

Beaufort High plays at Colleton County today before resuming a county rivalry Wednesday at Hilton Head Island High School and welcoming new Region 8-AAAA opponent Bluffton on Thursday.

Beaufort High 4, Hilton Head Christian 2

Singles: No. 1 -- Charlotte Bellomy (B) def. Madison Dillon 7-6(7-4), 6-0; No. 2 -- Monica Bundy (HHCA) def. Shaye McAulliffe 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 -- Kelsey Butler (B) def. Lindsey Lane 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 -- Addie Everidge (B) def. Catherine Campbell 7-5, 6-4; No. 5 -- Kate Bennett (HHCA) def. Zoe Brais 6-7(8-6), 6-2, 10-7

Doubles: Austen Stoddard/Katie Newell (B) def. Maddy Bauer/Meredith Inglis 6-3, 6-3

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