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May 18, 2013

Womack eliminated in semifinals

Russell, Rose Hill doubles teams also ousted in semis



Womack’s consistency, normally a strength, was missing on the overcast morning. Rolph took a 2-0 lead in the first set with an ace followed by Womack’s unforced netted shot. After Womack held her serve to close to 2-1, Rolph took the next four games a variety of ways to win the first set easily 6-1.

Womack was upset with herself because of the inconsistent play.

“I just told her it was a new game and be aggressive,” Fairview coach Stacey Clayton said about the between-set conversation.

Womack's woes continued – she won just three points over the second set’s first three games.  In the fourth, she led, 40-15, but Rolph rallied and her service winner made it 5-0.

A few minutes after the match, Womack handed her bronze medal to Fairview principal Garry McPeek as a show of appreciation for all he did for her. McPeek took her into the Eagle family with open arms last fall.

Womack enjoyed her senior year at Fairview more than words could express so she gave the medal to McPeek to display proudly at the school.

“I would want no one else to have it,” she said.

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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