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Campbell County tennis players sweep 10th Region singles titles to finish on top in team standings


By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Campbell County tennis players walked off with five of the six championship trophies after the 10th Region tournament was completed on Wednesday at their school. The Camels won boys and girls singles, boys doubles and placed first in both team standings.

Natalie Smith claimed her first regional title in girls singles after defeating teammate Annika White, 6-0, 6-1, in the finals. Smith was regional runner-up last year and lost in the semifinals two years ago.

Campbell County tennis players who swept the 10th Region boys singles and doubles titles are, left to right, Anderson McDowell, Luke Williams, Noah Bertsch and Nick Wittrock. (Photo provided)

In boys singles, Anderson McDowell defeated Tennyson Prather of Clark County, 6-0, 6-1, to take the title for the third consecutive year. The boys doubles final was much closer with Noah Bertsch and Nick Whitrock getting past Matt Dampier and Jared Cote of Bourbon County, 6-4, 7-6.

This is the first time that the Campbell County girls finished on top in the 10th Region team standings. The boys team has done it for three straight years. They all advance to the state tournament that begins May 30 in Lexington.

The semifinal round of the 9th Region girls tennis tournament will be played at 4 p.m. Thursday at Lloyd. In singles, it will be top seed and defending champ Ellie Zureick of Ryle vs. Lauren Fley of Notre Dame and No. 2 seed Sara Wantanabe of Covington Latin vs. Katherine Taylor of Beechwood.

The doubles semifinal match-ups are top seed and defending champs Elizabeth Hamilton and Hailemae Laurino of Ryle vs. Isabelle Bailey and Martine Hue of Notre Dame and Samantha Bailey and Emily Ernst of Notre Dame vs. Grace Eberhard and Ally Ellerman of Conner.

The 9th Region boys tennis tournament got underway Wednesday with singles matches at Covington Catholic and double matches at Notre Dame. The top seeds are defending champions Toshi Wantanabe of Covington Latin in singles and Benito and Cristiano Trojani of CovCath in doubles.

In the 8th Region tournament, Walton-Verona junior Raman Dail reached the girls singles semifinals on Thursday to become her school’s first-ever state tournament qualifier in tennis. Simon Kenton has two girls doubles teams — Kaycie Carpenter-Mikaela Fagan and Cassie Saner-Kelli Capps — playing quarterfinal matches on Thursday.


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