After a tense victory to start the week, Beaufort High School's tennis match Tuesday provided a chance to unwind.
Eagles No. 1 singles player Chelsea Bellomy did not play, instead staying home to study for her SAT. Others in the Beaufort High lineup used the competition with Stratford as an opportunity to work on certain aspects of their game.
There was no sweating the outcome. The Eagles breezed to a 7-0 victory over Stratford on their home court.
The match followed a victory Monday at Bluffton High School in which the Eagles won by grabbing three of four tiebreakers. The Bobcats will have a shot to avenge the loss when they travel to Beaufort High on Oct. 17.
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"I think we were a little bit surprised at how strong they were, and how deep their team was," Beaufort High's Charlotte Bellomy said. "So it was definitely a test all the way down the line."
Beaufort High coach David Riedmayer said the match with Bluffton provided the Eagles a chance to simulate their ultimate goal, winning a third-round playoff match.
"We work on that all the time, with pressure tennis," said Riedmayer, whose team defeated Bluffton 4-2. "It showed through (Monday)."
The match Tuesday featured much less drama. Bellomy filled in for her sister at No. 1 singles and said she worked on moving forward and finishing points at the net. She didn't drop a game in defeating Stratford's Kaitlyn Holley. None of Beaufort High's top four singles spots surrendered a game and none of the matches required a tiebreaker.
Addie Everidge, who normally fills the Eagles' No. 5 singles spot, remained undefeated on the season by winning Tuesday at No. 4. Riedmayer praised the play of Everidge and teammate Kelsey Butler, saying the pair has stepped up after Beaufort High lost key pieces from last season and had players decide not to play.
After making up the No. 2 doubles team in 2010, the pair now fill the Eagles' last two singles spots.
Beaufort High (9-3, 1-0 Region 8-AAAA) faces its first true region test when it plays host to Summerville on Thursday. Riedmayer said he didn't know much about the makeup of the current Green Wave squad but that he expected a good match at No. 1.
The Eagles target a fifth consecutive region title. Bellomy said the Eagles don't worry too much about the streak.
"I think we go out there and compete our best and don't really think about that too much," she said. "In the past, their team has been really strong and it's always been sort of a region rivalry, but this season we really don't know who they've got, so we just have to go out there prepared."
Beaufort 7, Stratford 0
Singles: No. 1 Charlotte Bellomy (B) def. Kaitlyn Holley 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Shaye McAulliffe (B) def. Lauran Hudson 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Kelsey Butler (B) def. Abbie Conlon 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Addie Everidge (B) def. Kierra Gadson 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Dolores Bell (B) def. Anastasia Rivers 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles: No. 1 Zoe Brais/Maggie Edwards (B) def. Holley/Regan Cady 8-2; No. 2 Katie Newell/Lexi Aulabaugh (B) def. Jessica Palmer/Anna Sandgren 6-0, 6-3.