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May 19, 2013

Womack eliminated in state semis; Rose Hill, Russell doubles also ousted


LEXINGTON — Girls doubles

Russell freshman Maci Ferguson and seventh-grader Kierstin Hensley and Rose Hill seniors Alex Billups and Leslie Stringer, also fell in the semifinals.

Louisville Sacred Heart's Katherine English and Sydney Thompson eliminated Ferguson and Hensley, 6-3, 6-2, and Notre Dame's Laura Irons and Catriona Shaughnessy took care of Billups and Stringer, 6-2, 6-0.

Hensley and Ferguson won the regional title last week. Yesterday, they fell behind, 0-3, in both sets.

“We were nervous,” Ferguson said. “We've never made it this far, and all the people were loud.”

With their high school careers complete, Billups and Stringer talked about college plans. Billups plans to study International Relations at Loyola University in Baltimore, and Stringer is headed for Liberty University in Virginia, where she wants to become a physical therapist.

“After all we've been in, academically and athletically, to get this far with my best friend, that's pretty awesome,” Billups said. “And, I'll remember the pain, sweat and tears.”


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