Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 23, 2013

Krick, Hensley add to strong tennis seasons

Matt Sparks
For The Independent

ASHLAND — Robby Krick has had quite a year on the courts.

On Sunday, he decided to give himself an early birthday present by adding a new piece of hardware to his collection.

Krick, who turns 14 on October 4th, won a round robin for the Boys 14s singles title in the Bennett Lake Memorial Junior Tennis Championships.

After a quick first set, Krick overcame a late charge by William Frye to win the deciding match 6-0, 6-3 on a cool, breezy Sunday evening at the Ashland Tennis Center.

When his serve wasn’t working, Krick had to rely on his lethal forehand to win some tough points in the final set.

“(Frye) really started playing well and played good defense,” Krick said. “It was windy in the second set. I had trouble getting my first serve in today.”

Krick has been busy this summer. He won the Ryan Holder Tournament in Lexington, considered one of the top junior tournaments in Kentucky.  He also won the Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green as well as finishing first in the consolation round at a top tournament in Augusta, Ga.

“It really gives me a lot of confidence playing in those tournaments,” Krick said.

Girls16s singles had five entries and was played in a round-robin format. Kierstin Hensley of Ashland cruised through four matches on her way to the title.

“My backhand was really on today,” Hensley said of her performance. “My serve was good.”

Although Hensley only lost a combined 13 games, she received some stiff competition from her friends and teammates who were entered in the tournament.

“It was a tough tournament,” Hensley said. “My first match was against my doubles partner and best friend (Maci Ferguson). Hunter (Nguyen) is on my (Russell High School) team, too. They had some really good shots and they both played awesome.”

Hensley added about Ferguson, “We know each other’s game better than anyone out there.”

The duo also won the Ryan Holder and made it to the final four at the State Tournament earlier this year.

For all her success, Hensley draws strength from a higher power.

“All the tournaments that I have played, all the credit goes to God,” Hensley said. “There is nothing that he hasn’t helped me through.”

In the Boys 18s, Alex Nguyen had to withdraw with a muscle strain which left two players to battle for the title.

Cole McCreary of Louisa defeated Alexander Newmark 6-1, 6-0.

Winners in other singles divisions; Abigail Meek in Girls 10s, Jessica Burton in Girls 14s, and Parker Clarke in Boys 12s.

The 13th annual Bennett Lake tournament awarded trophies to the first and second place finishers in the main draw as well as the consolation winners.

Frye and Hunter Nguyen received the tournament’s sportsmanship awards.