BACKHAND: BLTC Quest’s Isaac Watson plays a shot during Saturday’s defeat to BLTC Rising on the lawn courts. Picture: DARREN HOWESATURDAY SPORT | PHOTOS
RISING’S form matched the soaring temperature in Saturday’s ninth round in the Bendigo Tennis Association’s Premier League season.
The ladder-leading Rising outpointed Quest in the all-BLTC clash on the Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club courts.
Rising’s run hit off by winning the opening three doubles contests, 8-2 8-1 and 8-5.
Eliza Long played superb tennis to beat Quest captain Isaac Watson, 2-11 to 1-8.
The in-form Jordan Hicks beat Jayden Baber, 13-7, as Simon Kelly, Jayd Davis, Peter Somerville and Marcus McDougal joined in Rising’s win spree.
Across sets six to nine, Rising conceded just four games as Kelly won 8-0, Somerville and McDougal won 8-1, and Davis won 8-2.
It was not until the 12th and final rubber that Quest added to its sets tally when Rebecca Tweed and Brett Maloney teamed for an 8-5 victory against Davis and McDougal.
A 13-101 to 2-44 by Rising was the most comprehensive in this season’s action in the Quest Bendigo-backed Premier League.
Strathfieldsaye’s run of closely-fought losses rolled on as Epsom won 9-81 to 5-78.
Epsom captain Jack Baker started an unbeaten afternoon in a 12-2 win against Jayden Baber.
The No.2 singles rubber ended in a 13-10 win for Travis Johnston against Michael Smyth.
Highs for Epsom included an 8-5 win by Michael Nihill against Easton Smyth.
Baker’s run started with an 8-3 victory with Johnston in the opening doubles clash with Blencowe and Michael Smyth.
Set 10 ended in an 8-6 win for Baker and Mick Mulgrew against Blencowe and Chiappazzo.
Chris Chiappazzo, Rashelle Blencowe and Jack Armstrong won their singles matches for Strathfieldsaye.
Despite forfeiting three sets, South Bendigo was just 24 games short against Spring Gully Butterflies.
South won the opening two doubles matches, 9-7 and 8-2.
Sam McHarg and Jamie Brown scored 12-9 and 12-6 wins against Matt Hartland and Ryan Leader respectively to give South a 6-41 to 2-32 lead after five rubbers.
Butterflies struck back to win six of the next seven rubbers and claim an 8-86 to 7-62 victory.
Premier League standings after nine rounds: Rising 89 points 121 per cent; Butterflies 80 122; Epsom 60 91; South Bendigo 59.5 93; Quest 57.5 91; Strathfieldsaye 52 86.4.
In section one, Spring Gully Panthers won all 10 sets against BLTC Blue.
The Panthers won 10-81 to 0-29.
Spring Gully Phoenix beat BLTC Sensation, 8-76 to 2-48.
Spring Gully Racqueteers won eight sets on their way to a 72-51 victory against BLTC Stingers.
A highlight of next Saturday’s 10th round for Premier League teams will be the clash between Epsom and South Bendigo on courts one, five and six at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street.
Quest faces Spring Gully Butterflies on courts two, seven and eight.
BLTC Rising will aim to keep the momentum rolling against Strathfieldsaye on courts 9, 10 and 11.
In section one, Panthers play Phoenix in the all-Spring Gully match on courts 16 and 17.
Spring Gully Racqueteers take on BLTC Blue on 14, 15; and Stingers play BLTC clubmates Sensation on courts 18 and 19.
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