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Girls dominate, win 4-1
After losing their opening tennis match to a powerful Western Hills team, the Carroll County girls’ tennis team has won three consecutive matches with victories over Gallatin County, Grant County and most recently Trimble County, 4-1, on Wednesday April 13.
“Both teams appear(ed) to be very rusty due to practice cancellations because of weather issues in addition to having a week off for spring break,” head coach Larry Morgan said. “The doubles’ duel between the No. 2 teams was very exciting with two tiebreakers and good shot making.”
Match results: No. 1 singles, Trimble’s Kasi Fogle won 6-0, 6-1 over Carroll’s Lyndie Burns; No. 2 singles, Carroll’s Nina Kundic won 6-0, 6-1 over Trimble’s Sabrina Vest; No. 3 singles, Tory Bickers won 6-4, 6-3 over Trimble’s Kalee Cook.
No. 1 doubles, Carroll’s Haley Hendrick and Katie Martin won 6-0, 6-0 over Trimble’s Elisabeth Moore and Cierra Harmon; No. 2 doubles, Carroll’s Megan Harris and Linda Cruz won 7-6, 7-6 over Trimble’s Micah Hess and Alex Lawhorn.
Trimble boys forfeit two matches, Carroll wins 3-2
Carroll (2-2) defeated Trimble (0-4) Wednesday night at the Carroll County Park.
In No. 1 singles, Carroll’s Raven Powers won 6-2, 6-4 over Nick Kleinhenz. “Raven always plays very solid and keeps the ball moving side to side,” head coach Juan Fernandez said.
In No. 2 singles Trimble’s Dylan Stethen won 4-6, 4-6 over Carroll’s Josh McCarty.
Fernandez said McCarty started his match committing a lot of errors because his opponent plays a much slower game than he is used to. However, by the end of the second set, McCarty was playing smart tennis. “Even though he lost, I was pleased seeing him adjusting to the pace of the match and play well at the end,” Kleinhenz said.
In No. 1 doubles Trimble’s Brian Perry and Michael Steenken won 6-1, 4-2 over Carroll’s Dakota Corbin and Leo Raffenberg. Fernandez said this is the first time Corbin and Raffenberg have played together, and it takes doubles teams time to develop. “They are coming along very good, playing aggressive and learning very quick,” he said. Dakota is showing leadership, and I’m looking for him to take leadership of the team. He is playing very good this year.”
Trimble forfeited matches in No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.
With the win, the young Panthers are back at .500, and Fernandez hopes they will continue to improve. “I’m very proud of this team, and (I) see them maturing on the court and as a team.”