Tennis teams enter 5th Region play

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Both LaRue squads finish regular seasons with winning records

By Mark Bandurske

The LaRue County tennis team entered 5th Region competition Monday at University Park Drive with high hopes of seeing some of their young players in the finals and looking at possible state berths.

Coach Chris Estes’ young team has shown ambition and drive all year and enter regions with a winning record for both boys' (10-3) and the girls' (8-4) squads.

Match play started early and saw Nancy Howell and Hannah Carter, a sixth seed in the regional, capturing first round victories 6-0 and 6-1 to Bardstown.

Cameron Paige defeated her Bardstown Bethlehem opponent 6-2 and 6-4.

LaRue's number one seed Michelle Seymour, received a fourth seeding and defeated her first round opponent North Hardin 6-0 and 6-1 and then played a second round set defeating Bardstown 6-0 and 6-0.

The Hawk's number one seeded boys' player Dylan Parr was seeded sixth in the regionals and defeated Tyler Edelen of John Hardin 6-0 and 6-0.

Seeded eighth in regionals, Bo Haun and Brent Gozzard swept their match 6-0 and 6-0 against a Bardstown pair.

From here on out, the competition stiffens as they resumed play Tuesday and will finish up Wednesday.

Regular season ends

The LaRue tennis Hawks finished their regular season last week with two wins and one loss.

The boys finished the year 10-3 and the girls' 8-4.

"I didn't expect to do this well this year but the kids have really worked hard and it shows," Estes said.

Early in the week, LaRue dropped a match to Central Hardin 4-1 in both the boys' and girls' matches.

Seymour won her match over the number one seeded Central player, Hannah Thomas.

The team rallied their next two wins over Bardstown 4-1, and then Fort Knox 5-1.

"Both the boys' and girls' teams are peaking at the right time of the year," Estes said, "I have been very pleased with their continued improvement this season. Especially first year varsity players Paige Nally, Kenzi Langley and Haylee Best."

Against Fort Knox, eighth graders Best and Langley won their match impressively against the upper classmen.