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May 17, 2014

State Tennis Day 2: Hensley, Ferguson in semifinals

Area represented heavily in quarters, but Russell duo two of few to survive

LEXINGTON — To be just a sophomore and eighth-grader, Kierstin Hensley and Maci Ferguson are an accomplished pair.

Russell’s dynamite doubles team has advanced to the State Tennis Tournament semifinals for the second straight season.

Hensley and Ferguson took down Louisville Collegiate’s Alexis Austin and Caroline Cox, the No. 2 seed, in the quarterfinals on Friday. They won 0-6, 6-4, 10-0, avenging a loss to Austin/Cox earlier this season.

The Lady Devil duo, considered one of the four 5-seeds, will now face another No. 5, Highlands’s Lexi and Abby Herman, who knocked out Lawrence County’s Ali Dotson and Bailey Thompson in the quarterfinal round. The semifinal match is set for 9 a.m. today at the University of Kentucky.

If Hensley and Ferguson win this morning, they could square off against top-seeded Sarah Stearman/Emily Zelichenok (Manual) in the finals at 1 p.m. Stearman and Zelichenok eliminated Russell’s Claudia Kendrick and Hunter Nguyen in the quarterfinals.

Ashland sophomore Lauren Fazenbaker beat Dixie Heights’s Brooke Warden 6-1, 6-2, before falling to No. 1 player Madeline Rolph (Sayre) 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

McCracken County’s Michelle McKamey halted Greenup County eighth-grader Madison Hill’s run with a 6-3, 6-1 win in the Round of 16.

Atherton’s Daniel Lineberry upset No. 4 seed and Rose Hill senior David Bush 6-2, 2-6, 10-3 in the Round of 16. Lineberry prevented Bush from potentially making his second quarterfinals appearance in the last three years. Bush, a Liberty University signee, is a five-time 16th Region singles champion.

Also in boys singles, Will True (Bowling Green) eliminated Robby Berry (Ashland) in the Round of 16.

In boys doubles action, Ashland’s Alex Newmark and Wesley Daniel fell to Matthew Ko/Ryan Crump (Lexington Catholic) 7-6, 6-3 in the Round of 16.

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