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TENNIS: REGION

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The LaRue County High School tennis teams competed last week in the 5th Region Tennis Tournament at the Freeman Lake Tennis Complex.

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Doubles

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 .

Singles

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.