July 18th, 2017

Year in review: Boys' tennis

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Year in review: Boys' tennis
file photo by Jeff Woods

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2016-17 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, and every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished. Today, we look back at boys’ basketball.

DeSales: The Colts didn’t have a semifinalist in the Fifth Region Tournament.

Holy Cross: The Cougars didn’t have a semifinalist in the Fifth Region Tournament.

St. Xavier: The Tigers claimed their ninth straight KHSAA State Tennis Tournament this past spring at the University of Kentucky.

“It’s really a strong effort by boys who really work hard at it all year long,” said St. Xavier head coach Gil Downs. “We’re really blessed to have 23 guys who play on the team that really work on tennis all year and it shows up here in the team championship.”

Spencer Blanford and junior Preston Cameron led the way by winning the doubles state title. The duo defeated Jessamine’s Brody Bilderback and Tanner Sparks in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to seal the deal.

“Last year, I would say I was pretty scared and nervous,” said Cameron. “This is a completely different experience. Being able to tell myself ‘I’ve done this before, just go out there and swing’ that’s what really helped me.”

It was Cameron’s second doubles state title.

“It feels great. I wanted this really bad and it feels awesome to be able to do it with a good friend of mine,” said Blanford. “We always pick each other up when we’re not playing well and we both played really well today. Preston played awesome and I’m very happy with how I played.”

In singles action, junior Alex Westbrooks and Singerman entered the tournament as the No. 1 and No. 2 overall seeds respectively. Both were upset, however, by Dunbar’s Matt Halpin who defeated Singerman 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the boys’ singles final.

“When the draws and the seeds came out, we were all looking to see where he would sit,” said Downs. “We knew it would be tough for one or both of our guys facing him because he has a very big first serve. It was kind of going a little slow early, but when he got it going that was about it for the end of the first set and the second set against Drew.”

Trinity: The Shamrocks captured another regional title and finished as the state runner-up.

Freshman Presley Thieneman made it all the way to the singles semifinals before losing 6-1, 6-0 to St. Xavier’s Drew Singerman.

The doubles team of senior Sam Rueff and sophomore Brandon Chou advance to the semifinals before losing 6-2, 6-4 to West Jessamine’s Brody Bilderback and Tanner Sparks. 


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