The LaRue County High School tennis teams competed last week in the 5th Region Tennis Tournament at the Freeman Lake Tennis Complex.
The LaRue County duo of freshman Bella Garcia and eighth-grader Karrington Donahue fell in the first round to Campbellsville senior Emily Haley and sophomore Brittany Ford, 6-3, 1-6, 11-9.
LaRue’s Cayleigh Allen and Caitlin Lewis defeated Kara Girdley and Abby McKim of Nelson County, 6-4, 6-4.
Allen and Lewis fell 6-0, 6-1 in the next round to second-seeded Hannah Lowman and Allie Sutton of North Hardin.
For the boys, LaRue County seniors Kyler Hart and Trevor Sanders (No. 2 seed) defeated Colby Hood and Hank Hardin of Marion County, 6-2, 6-1.
Hart and Sanders defeated Taylor County’s Filip Boerjesson and Richard Pankrath 7-5, 7-6.
Their coach, Allison McDowell, said they lost a heartbreaker to Thomas Nelson’s twin doubles team of Timothy and Nathan Kaissieh (No. 5 seed) in a third-set super tiebreaker. They fell 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 10-8 to the Kaissiehs – one round shy of attaining status as state qualifier.
It was the first time a tennis team from Thomas Nelson has qualified for state. The Kaissiehs fell in the next round to Elizabethtown’s Daniel Crain and Nathan Henson, the No. 4 seed, 6-2, 6-4.
Also in doubles, senior Michael Brey and junior John Michael Lawler, won their first round 6-0, 6-0 over Cole Plouvier and Jesse Plouvier of Bethlehem. They dropped their second round 6-1, 6-2 to Central Hardin’s Kevin Britt and Kyle Compton .
LaRue’s Maddie Lee won her first round in singles play against Maria Rogers of Fort Knox, 6-1, 6-2. She fell in the second round to fourth-seed Selena Spencer of Bardstown, 7-5, 6-3.
Caitlin Lewis fell in opening round to Marion County’s Alyssa Farmer, 6-4, 6-3.
For the boys, Preston Howell, a sophomore, lost in the first round 6-0, 6-1 to state qualifier Carson McCann, a No. 3 seed from John Hardin.
Freshman Alex Best won his first round 6-2, 7-5 against Taylor County’s Grant Cox. He fell in the second round to Central Hardin’s Joel Nason, 6-2, 6-1.