The Pointers split with conference foes.
The Van Buren men’s team split their conference action this past week while the Lady Pointers suffered a couple of setbacks against Bentonville and Bentonville West.
Both Kyle Porter and TJ Saniseng won their individual matches 8-0 in the No. 3 and No. 4 men’s singles. Justin Deuley defeated Andrew Young 8-6 and Abel Diaz pushed Bryant Thomas to a 9-7 win. The Pointers defeated Bentonville West 6-3.
Bryan Bell and Jay Bell fell in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches.
“Justin is getting better with every match. He has helped win several matches at the No. 5 spot,” said coach Brandy Mosby. “Abel has really come along in the last three to four matches. He has always been a hustler, but now he is working on his individual shots in practice more, and it is making a big difference in his match play.
“Bryan pull everything out of his arsenal for this match. Jay has struggled with his serves off and on lately, so this played a small part in his match play too, but he never let up.”
Van Buren won the top two doubles matches as Porter and Saniseng shut out their opponents and Bryan and Jay Bell took the other win.
“The match for TJ and Kyle seemed effortless… it’s like they have played for years together,” said Mosby. “Bryan and Jay just got it done in doubles.”
The Lady Pointers picked up four wins against Bentonville West.
Betsy Corona came from behind to defeat Emily Brugger in a tie-breaker, 9-8 (7-4). Lexi Blasingame also grabbed a win in the No. 5 spot.
Van Buren won two of the women’s doubles matches. Corona and Callie Ables grabbed a win, as well as Allison Lemley and Lauren Cervantes.
“Lexi played really well in her match. It might have been one of her best matches of all year,” Mosby said. “Betsy played awesomely. This will definitely go down as one of Betsy’s best singles matches for sure.”
The coach said Ables’ and Corona’s doubles win was “big” for the team.
Mosby added she finally “found her No. 3 player” with Joana Maldonado.
“I have tried about four or five different players this year, and I just haven’t been able to find one who fits,” Mosby said. “Joana is the girl. She gave Raschna (Parachuri) a run for her money. She did great.”
Van Buren managed just a few wins against Bentonville on Thursday.
Porter and Saniseng had the only singles win, and the only doubles victory.
Porter won 8-3 and Saniseng held off Matt Freeman, 9-7.
The coach said Lemley has faced some tough competition in the No. 1 singles matches.
“I have never seen so many amazing girls all in one conference,” said Mosby. “Allison has played well, but these girls she’s going up against two nights a week are just crazy good.”