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Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges won at No.1 doubles, but Columbus East posted a 4-1 win over the Stars.

COLUMBUS – Columbus East swept the singles while stopping Bedford North Lawrence 4-1 during high school tennis action on Monday afternoon.

The Olympians dropped only 7 games in the three singles matches as the Stars slipped to 3-6.

Kathryn Hodzen stopped Zoe Ueltschi (an emergency starter as Kiara Terry missed the match with an illness) 6-0, 6-1 at No.1 singles while Megna Chari downed Presley Clark 6-0, 6-0 at No.2. Louna Prince edged Sarah Gaither 6-1, 7-5 at No.3.

“We had a little bit of a rough night,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “Our lineup looked a little different. Zoe is a great kid with a good head on her shoulders, so I knew she would be able to handle it. Columbus East just has great singles players. Any one of those girls could have payed No.1 for them or any other team.”

BNL’s Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges won a tough three-set duel with Ayano Nomura at No.1 doubles, prevailing 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

East capped the win at No.2 doubles as Emie Kiser and Cristina Marco clipped Molly Simmerman and Angelica Godsey 7-5, 4-6, 11-9.

“We just had too many errors to come out with that win,” Stigall said. “They were up three points and serving for match point, but too many errors allowed the other team to win. We have to get that fixed.

“It was a tough loss to a really tough team. We don’t have an easy schedule and that’s OK. You don’t get better playing teams you know you can beat.”

The Stars will host Seymour on Tuesday.

Columbus East 4, BNL 1


1 Kathryn Hodzen, CE d. Zoe Ueltschi 6-0, 6-1

2 Megna Chari, CE d. Presley Clark 6-0, 6-0

3 Louna Prince, CE d. Sarah Gaither 6-1, 7-5


1 Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges, BNL d. Ayano Nomura and Catherine Millwood 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

2 Emie Kiser and Cristina Marco, CE d. Molly Simmerman and Angelica Godsey 7-5, 4-6, 11-9