May 29th, 2011

Rockets, Tigers Capture Team Tennis Titles

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Rockets, Tigers Capture Team Tennis Titles
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Catholic squads make mark at state tournament

It was a banner day on the tennis courts for local Catholic schools on Saturday, as Assumption, St. Xavier and Sacred Heart Academy all came up with big performances on the grand stage of the KHSAA state championships.

Led by the Przystawski sisters (Elizabeth and Emily), Abbie Mather, and Maddie Phillips, the Rockets won the overall team title despite not having an individual champion in the No. 1 singles or doubles competitions. The depth of AHS' roster was enough to do the job and helped lead the talented squad to the ultimate win at the University of Kentucky's Boone/Downing Tennis Center.

Em. Przystawski and Mather won in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches respectively, contributing significantly to the team victory.

St. Xavier standout Alex Gornet reached the boys No. 1 singles match, but was forced to retire in the third set and settled for runner-up (6-4, 1-6, 4-2) to Greenwood High School's Beck Pennington.

Picking up the slack were fellow Tigers Sean Donohue and Joseph Siami, who downed Paducah Tilghman’s Alex Rowton and Ethan Rowton 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 in the boys’ No. 1 doubles final. That St. X trio (Gornet, Donohue, and Siami) were all named to the Boys All-State Team following competition at UK.

Although they didn't win a team championship, Sacred Heart made some history in the girls doubles final, as a pair of Valkyrie teams played each other in the final. And in the end, it was Katherine English and Caitlin Hanley picking up the doubles compeition title, defeating teammates Kaelin Roberts and Ashley Williams 7-6, 7-6 in an all-SHA final match.

Girls All-State Team: Samantha Maddox (Lexington Catholic), Cassie Pennington (Greenwood), Madie Cook (Notre Dame), Caitlin Burton (Daviess Co.), Michelle McKamey (Lone Oak), Ellie Gerlach (Christian Academy Louisville), Emily Przystawski (Assumption), Meredith Laskey (Highlands), Andrea Wise (Russell), Jenna Sallee (Elizabethtown), Carrie Laskey (Highlands), Hanna Newstadt (duPont Manual), Katherine English (Sacred Heart), Caitlin Hanley (Sacred Heart), Kaelin Roberts (Sacred Heart), Ashley Williams (Sacred Heart), Elizabeth Przystawski (Assumption).

Boys All-State Team: Beck Pennington (Greenwood), Colin Hart (Lincoln Co.), Brett Johnson (Christian Academy-Louisville), Alex Menzel (DuPont Manual), Bobby Kaltenbach (Lone Oak), Zack Lewis (Lexington Catholic), Brody Freeman (Corbin), Alex Gornet (St. Xavier), Tanner Queen (Lawrence Co.), Andrew Herring (Henry Clay), Scott Layton (West Jessamine), Allan Bartlett (DuPont Manual), Woody Rini (Model), Alek Rowton (Paducah Tilghman), Ethan Rowton (Paducah Tilghman), Joseph Siami (St. Xavier), Sean Donohue (St. Xavier).


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