Caven brothers tops at E’town tennis tourney

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Hodgenville resident also wins women's B singles championship

By The Staff

Campbellsville University coach Kyle Caven and his younger brother, Terry, teamed up to win the men’s open doubles title Sunday in the State Farm E’town Open tennis tournament.

The Cavens, who graduated from LaRue County High School, barely made it to the final, beating Matt Coomer of Louisville and Casey County’s Justin Martin in the semifinals, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-7.

The Cavens used the momentum of their comeback to defeat another family pair. In the finals, they defeated Casey County brothers Chad and Kyle Jeffries, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.

The younger Caven plays for his brother on the CU tennis team.

Kyle Caven said he wouldn’t have wanted to play for the title with anyone else.

“Oh no. Absolutely not,” he said. “We have a lot of fun out there. I just thank God I can keep playing and stay in good health.”

The elder brother also reached the semifinals of men’s open contest before losing to Coomer, the eventual champion,

The women’s B singles title was the only division to be decided during Saturday’s opening day of play. Hodgenville’s Sarah Baker won the three-person round-robin women’s B singles division by beating Elizabethtown’s Sheila Casteel in the first round, 7-5, 6-4, before downing Liberty’s Marvetta Overstreet in the second, 6-3, 7-5. Overstreet later beat Casteel to claim the runner-up trophy.

Elizabethtown High graduate Jessica Maxwell and mother Vicky Williams of Hodgenville reached the finals of the women’s open doubles but forfeited to Harrodsburg’s Diane Beauchamp and Russell Springs’ Susan Emerson in the title match.

Jessica Maxwell played with her father, Rob, to win the mixed doubles championship. They beat Emerson and Campbellsville’s Larry Milby for the title after downing the Tennessee tandem of Dana Ledbetter and Brian Thurman in the semis.

The tournament, presented by the Central Kentucky Tennis Series and the E’town Tennis Commission, handed out championship and runner-up trophies in 17 divisions. Play was conducted on 20 courts at six sites in and around Elizabethtown.