Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 18, 2013

Womack eliminated in semifinals

Russell, Rose Hill doubles teams also ousted in semis

LEXINGTON — Fairview senior Kennedy Womack wasn’t her consistent self in Saturday morning’s state tennis semifinals at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary Boone Tennis Complex.

As a result, the top seed fell to Lexington Sayre sophomore Madeline Rolph 6-1, 6-0.

Womack was obviously disappointed with her finish, especially after losing in last year’s state finals, but she was happy for her good friend Rolph.

That took away some of the sting.

“It's probably easier because at least you're happy for her at the same time,” Womack said. “... It's hard to lose because it's my last state tournament and I'm a senior, but if I had to lose to anyone, I want it to be Madeline, so I'm really happy for her.”

Womack's main first-set problem was her serve – she double-faulted four times. She said the other reason was Rolph, the No. 3 seed, playing smarter tennis.

“I think her strengths are her ball placement, her movement, her ability to set up points really well and finish them off,” Womack said. “... I think she kept me behind the baseline. I like to move in and kind of control the baseline and control the points, and she did a better job of that.”

Womack heads to Morehead State University, where she'll play for head coach Kevin Fulton. The Eagles struggled to a 3-17 team record, and Womack wants to improve two things about her game.

“I want to work on my serve, the power of my serve,” Womack said, “and I want to work on utilizing the net more because I traditionally stay back. I would like to become more of a volleyer.”

Because Rolph knew Womack liked to stay at the baseline, her strategy was simple.

“My strategy was just to move her around, and if I would win my service games … I knew if I played consistent, I'd be OK,” Rolph said.

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