TENNIS: State Farm E-town Open has busy first day (07/13)

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By The Staff



The News-Enterprise ELIZABETHTOWN During this spring’s high school tennis season, Elizabethtown Lady Panthers doubles partners Jessica Maxwell and Lydia Youngblood never lost a match at home. Entering the final day of the 15th annual State Farm E-town Open – which is sponsored by the Elizabethtown Tennis Commission and the Central KY Tennis Series – they still haven’t. After receiving a bye in the first round, Maxwell, a senior-to-be, and Youngblood, a 2008 graduate, won their girls’ 18-year-old doubles division quarterfinal match in straight sets over sisters May and Isabelle Kuo. More than 150 players are competing in the 17-division tournament at the University Drive Park Tennis Courts, Central Hardin High School in Cecilia and John Hardin High School in Radcliff. Due to time constraints, match-by-match results were too late to make today’s edition. Please see our online edition or Monday’s print edition. All but three mixed B doubles quarterfinals of Saturday’s scheduled opening-round and quarterfinal-round matches were completed before storms entered the area after 9 Saturday night. If the weather holds, sixteen titles will be handed out today. Maxwell could play as many as four matches today. She could play two matches with Youngblood if they beat the LaRue County tandem of Nancy Howell and Michelle “Peanut” Seymour in the semifinals, while she’ll play two matches with her father, Rob, in the round-robin mixed doubles open division. Another Elizabethtown star, sophomore Jenna Sallee, has a shot at two titles today. She plays Howell in the bottom-bracket semifinal in the girls’ 18 singles division and will team with John Hardin player Megan Edlin to play Allison Overstreet of Liberty and Casey Yates of Harrodsburg in the top-bracket semifinal in the girls’ 18 doubles division. Jacob Blevins, a 2008 Central Hardin graduate, meets 2008 Elizabethtown graduate Samad Faheem in the boys’ 18 singles top-bracket semifinal. Blevins will also team with current LaRue County star Dylan Parr to play Campbellsville’s Jordan Antle and Lebanon’s Austin Spalding in the boys’ 18 doubles top-bracket semifinal.