Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 18, 2013

Doubles teams head to semis at state tourney

Fairview’s Womack also in tennis final four

Staff Report
The Independent

LEXINGTON — With rain staying away, the KHSAA State Tennis Tournament got into full swing on Friday afternoon.

Semifinals and finals will be held today at the University of Kentucky Boone/Downing Tennis Complex for boys and girls singles competitions.

The girls doubles semifinals will have a local feel, as two area teams have advanced to the final day of competition.

Russell’s Maci Ferguson and Kierstin Hensley, the No. 3 overall seed, advanced to the semifinals after losing only one set in thier first four matches. They will face the tournament’s top seed in Sacred Heart’s Katherine English and Sydney Thompson.

Rose Hill’s paring of Alex Billups and Leslie Stringer also found their way to the semifinals, not losing a set through the first four rounds of play.

Billups and Stringer, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, will take on the team of Laura Irons and Catriona Shaughnessy from Notre Dame.

Both semifinals will take place at 9 a.m. with the championship match scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

In other girls doubles action, Rose Hill’s Rachael Bush and Madison Lett advanced to the Round of 16, but fell to eventual semifinalists English and Thompson.

In girls singles competition, Fairview’s Kennedy Womack will look to capture a state championship today after advancing easily to the semifinals.

Womack, the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and last year’s state runner-up, will take on No. 3 seed Madeline Rolph of Sayre in the semifinals starting at 11 a.m.

The girls singles championship match is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

Ashland’s Lauren Fazenbaker and Greenup County’s Madison Hill both made it the second round in the girls singles tournament, but fell in before the round of 16.

In boys singles tournament, only Rose Hill’s David Bush and Ashland’s Robby Berry made it to the round of 16 before both bowed out. Bush’s third match had to got to a third set, but fell 10-5 in the final.

Matthew Eastham was the only other boys singles winner from the area, winning his first round match.

The boys doubles tournament, three teams made it to the second round, but all met defeat after picking up the first win.

Rowan County’s Danny Brummer and Bryce Kidd and Lawrence County’s Cole McCreary and Jacob West fell in straight sets.

Rose Hill’s Zach Jones and Mitch Reynolds won their first set then lost the next two. They lost the tiebreaker third set 11-9.