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Carroll County High School girls and boys tennis teams win first-ever NCKC Tourney

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By Kristin Beck

The Carroll County High School tennis teams will go down in history as the first winners of their respective NCKC tournaments.

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With the tournament counting as one match, the Lady Panthers extended their winning streak to 10 in a row going into the 8th Region Tournament. The girls finished the regular season 10-1 and also won the North American Stainless tournament held in Carroll County.

The Lady Panthers won the championship in a tie-breaker with Trimble County. The other teams competing in the tournament were Gallatin, Williamstown and Walton-Verona.

Carroll and Trimble were tied with nine points apiece, and Carroll won the tiebreaker 71-59.

In doubles play, Linda Cruz and Megan Harris won 6-0, 6-0 over Walton-Verona, 6-3, 6-1 over Trimble County, and 8-3 over Gallatin County. Haley Hendrick and Katie Martin won 6-0, 6-0 over Walton-Verona and 8-5 over Trimble County. The two Carroll teams played one another as well, with Cruz and Harris winning 8-4.

In singles play, Tory Bickers lost 5-7, 0-6 lost to Trimble County’s Kalee Cook. Nina Kundic won 6-0, 6-0 over Walton-Verona’s Haley Kirchner, but lost 6-2, 6-2 to Trimble County’s Kasi Fogle.

The Panthers’ results were unavailable by press time.