The match started on Tuesday where Bellmont quickly took both doubles contests in straight sets as Adams Central did the same at 1 and 3 singles. The match came down to 2 singles between two guys with three years of varsity experience. Ripley took the first set easily, then Alanis took the second set. Alanis got off to a huge lead in the third set with a 4-1 score. Ripley then won two games and was down 3-4. Then the rain came and delayed play until Wednesday. When play resumed Ripley took 2 games to go up 5-4. Alanis saved a match point at both 4-5 and 5-6 before pushing to the third set tiebreaker. Ripley out lasted Alanis to win the tie breaker 7-5 after being down 1-3 in the tie breaker.
“We really feel like we are starting to hit our stride. We have had injuries and young kids in key spots and it finally feels like it is starting to come together. The past few years’ matches with Bellmont have been great matches. This year is no different, they come in here undefeated and this match was right down to the wire with just a few bounces of the ball deciding the outcome. Our rivalry seems to benefit us both as we prepare for conference and sectional.”
Records after tonight:
Adams Central 4-3