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PREP TENNIS: Tough draw for State for area boys' doubles teams (05/15)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

The KHSAA State Tennis Tournament draw Monday night turned out to be favorable for some area players and downright cruel to others – especially in the boys’ doubles bracket.

The area earned two seeds for girls, but all three area entries into the boys’ doubles bracket earned first-round matches with seeded duos.

There are seven singles players and five doubles teams from the area – plus four more players with strong area ties – competing in the tournament, which opens Thursday morning in Lexington. The first- and second-round matches for girls are at the University of Kentucky, while the first two rounds for boys are at the Shillito Park Tennis Center.

Area players advancing to Friday morning’s Sweet 16 would play at Kentucky.

BOYS’ DOUBLES

*** Central Hardin’s senior Patel cousins, Hares and Vasu, face Lexington Henry Clay’s fifth-seeded senior tandem of Sam Hughes and Luke Yurkoski at 10:30 a.m. The Patels won the 5th Region Tournament title, while Henry Clay’s duo was the 11th Region runner-up.

*** Meade County junior partners Daniel Orr and Ethan Wright face Paducah Lone Oak’s ninth-seeded freshman tandem of Landon Davis and Tommy Hagan at 10:30 a.m. The Meade County pair advanced to the 5th Region semifinals, while the Lone Oak duo was the 1st Region runner-up.

*** John Hardin’s duo of senior Jared Anderson and freshman Carson McCann face Louisville Trinity’s third-seeded tandem of sophomore Mustafa Gardezi and senior Randy Strause at 2:15 p.m. The John Hardin pair advanced to the 5th Region semifinals, while the Trinity duo was the 7th Region champion.

GIRLS’ DOUBLES

*** Elizabethtown’s Snow sisters, senior Mary-Chapin and sophomore Mackenzie, earned a No. 9 seed after sweeping the conference and 5th Region titles. They play at 11:45 a.m. against the South Oldham tandem of freshman Josie Olliges and senior Anna Townsend, which was the 8th Region champion.

*** Elizabethtown’s senior duo of Lexy Hazle and Lauren Riney face the Metcalfe County tandem of eighth-grader Lindsey Compton and sophomore Molly Matnoy at 10:30 a.m. The Elizabethtown was the 5th Region runner-up, while the Metcalfe County duo advanced to the 4th Region semifinals.

BOYS’ SINGLES

*** John Hardin junior Tyler Edlin plays at 9:15 a.m. against Fort Thomas Highlands freshman Ben Emery. Edlin was the 5th Region runner-up, while Emery was the 10th Region champion.

*** Central Hardin senior Tad Skaggs plays at 8 a.m. against Frankfort Western Hills freshman Henry Collett. Skaggs was a 5th Region semifinalist, while Collett was an 8th Region semifinalist.

*** LaRue County senior Ryan Abell plays at 11:30 a.m. against North Oldham senior Tyler Kilambi. Abell was a 5th Region semifinalist, while Kilambi was an 8th Region semifinalist.

GIRLS’ SINGLES

*** Elizabethtown junior Natalie Fiepke earned a No. 9 seed after advancing to the conference final and winning the 5th Region final. She plays at 9:15 a.m. against Middlesboro senior Taylor Moyers, the 13th Region runner-up.

*** Central Hardin junior Emily Novak, the conference champion and 5th Region runner-up, plays at 8 a.m. against Lone Oak freshman Madelyn Kauffman, the 1st Region runner-up.

*** Elizabethtown sophomore Lauran Berger, a 5th Region semifinalist, plays at 8 a.m. against Hancock County sophomore Kaite Bruner, a 3rd Region semifinalist.

*** Central Hardin sophomore Riley Keys, a 5th Region semifinalist, plays at 9:15 a.m. against Louisville St. Francis seventh-grader Eva Borders, the 6th Region runner-up.

AREA CONNECTIONS

*** In girls’ doubles, if Hazle and Riney win, they could be looking at a second-round match with Lexington Christian’s fifth-seeded sophomore tandem of Katie Eden and Hannah Sither. Eden usually plays in the Elizabethtown Tennis Commission’s State Farm E’town Open and her father, Dr. Michael W. Eden, is a 1982 Elizabethtown grad.

*** In girls’ doubles, Louisville Sacred Heart’s fifth-seeded tandem of junior Mary Elaine Kuo – an Elizabethtown resident and a St. James Catholic Church parishioner – and senior Erin MacMillan play at 2:30 p.m. against Knott County seniors Ashley Cornett and Kennedy King.

*** In boys’ doubles, top-seeded Louisville St. Xavier seniors Zachary Kuo and Parker Thieneman take on the South Oldham duo of junior Dawson Bezehertny and eighth-grader Tony Liu at 10:30 a.m. Kuo is a longtime Elizabethtown resident who attends St. James.

*** In girls’ singles, Lone Oak eighth-grader Michelle McKamey, the 1st Region champion, earned a No. 5 seed and plays at 9:15 a.m. against Caldwell County sophomore Kate Phelps. McKamey is the daughter of Roy and Sherry Smith McKamey of Paducah and the granddaughter of Murrell Smith and Wilma McDowell, who both live Hodgenville. McKamey’s dad was a boys’ varsity basketball coach at LaRue County and Hart County, her mom played basketball and tennis for LaRue County in the 1980s and her maternal grandparents own Smith’s Hardware in Hodgenville.

Nathaniel Bryancan be reached at (270) 505-1758 or nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com.