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Carroll County High School hosted the NCKC tennis tournament Saturday, April 20. The girls matches were held at the county park, while the boys matches were at the high school.
In girls singles, Carroll’s No. 2 Sarah McArter defeated Trimble’s No. 1 Alex Lawhorn. She will play Walton-Verona’s No. 1 singles player. Carroll’s No. 1 Lyndie Burns had a bye in the first round and defeated Gallatin’s No. 2 player in the second round. She will take on Walton-Verona’s No. 2 singles player.
In girls doubles, Carroll’s No. 1 team of Megan Harris and Pooja Patel had a first round bye and then defeated Trimble’s No. 2. Carroll’s No. 2 team of Jessi Dermon and Taylor Courtney defeated Williamstown’s No. 2 team in the first round and Gallatin County’s No. 1 team in the second round. They ultimately lost to Trimble County’s No. 1 team of Kalee Cook and Micah Hess.
In boys singles, Carroll’s No. 1 Joe Gemmer defeated Trimble’s No. 2 Nick Kleinhenz. Carroll’s No. 2 Dakota Corbin defeated Walton-Verona’s No. 1 player in the first round, but fell to Trimble’s No. 1 Dylan Copeland in the second round.
In boys doubles, Carroll’s No. 1 Gabe Kates and Noah Abercrombie defeated Trimble County’s No. 2 team of Austin and Alex Dixon. Unfortunately, they fell in the second round to Walton-Verona’s No. 1 team.
Carroll’s No. 2 team of Zeke Kates and Thomas Hill was defeated by Trimble’s No. 1 team of Dylan Stethen and Reese True. Gallatin’s No. 1 defeated Walton-Verona’s No. 2 to set up a match-up with Trimble.
The semifinals were postponed due to Carroll County’s junior/senior prom. The boys semifinals were held the next day at the county park, while the girls played Tuesday at Walton-Verona. Results were unavailable by presstime.
Head coach Juan Fernandez said in an email that the Walton-Verona coach was asked if he would like to win by forfeit from Carroll County because of prom or to postpone the match. He said they did not want to win by forfeit because the matches are for the students, especially the seniors, so he agreed to move the semifinals to Tuesday.
In the boys finals Sunday, Carroll’s Gemmer played Trimble’s Copeland. The duo played two close matches this season, with Copeland winning both. This time was no different, a very close match with good rallies and good points, Fernandez said.
After trailing in the first set 5-6, Copeland took it to a tiebreaker and won, 7-6. In the second set, Gemmer rallied from behind 4-1 and took it to a tiebreaker after saving three match points. Copeland won the tiebreaker to win the boys singles tournament.
Fernandez said both players showed good sportsmanship. He has known Copeland for several years and said he is an outstanding player.
In doubles, Gallatin took the first set, 6-3, but lost the second set 0-6. Trimble won the third set 13-11, putting them in the final against Walton-Verona’s No. 1 doubles team some time later in the week.