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Tennis teams win NCKC tournament

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By Kristin Beck

The Carroll County boys and girls tennis teams won the NCKC team championships Saturday at Trimble County. Winners are determined by adding up the number of points the schools earned in each match. The Carroll County boys won their side with this method. However, all three girls teams were tied after counting match points, so individual games won were counted and the Carroll County girls won.

“The boys killed it,” head coach Juan Fernandez said.

For the Panthers, No. 1 singles Joe Gemmer won the singles championship by defeating Trimble County’s No. 2 Kenny Peyton (6-0, 6-0), Gallatin County’s No. 2 Kurt Deaton (6-0, 6-5) and Gallatin County’s No. 1 Trevor Lewis (3-6, 6-3, 10-3) in the championship. Fernandez said Lewis had improved a lot since last year. Gemmer had not dropped a set until the championship, but rebounded and won the 10-point tiebreaker.

“It was a very, very nice match to watch,” Fernandez said, adding that onlookers could see that these two were playing at a higher level.

In doubles, No. 1 pair Noah Abercrombie and Dakota Corbin defeated Gallatin County’s No. 2 (6-1, 6-0) and Trimble County’s No. 1 (6-0, 6-0) and met their teammates Gabe Kates and Nick Aulbach in the championship. Kates and Aulbach were given a bye in the first round, and No. 1 Gallatin County’s pair had to forfeit to take a test. Abercrombie and Corbin won in the championship, 6-4, 6-0.

The girls contest was much more competitive, Fernandez said. No. 1 singles Sarah McArter defeated Gallatin County’s No. 2 Alex Johnston (6-4, 4-6, 10-7), but lost in the championship to Gallatin County’s No. 1 Shelby Ackerman. The score was unavailable by presstime.

Carroll’s No. 2 singles Ashley Davidson won the first game, but lost the match in round one to Trimble County’s No. 2 Destiny Harp (6-2, 2-6, 10-3).

In girls doubles, No. 1 pair Taylor Courtney and Jessi Dermon had a bye in round one and lost in round two to Trimble County’s No. 1 pair. This score also was unavailable. Courtney and Dermon had lost earlier in the season to Trimble, but were able to take this match to the tiebreaker, showing how much more competitive they have gotten, Fernandez said.

No. 2 doubles pair Kendall Conley and Emilee Walker took to the court for the first time together and made it to the championship game. They defeated Gallatin County’s No.1 pair (6-2, 6-3) and Trimble County’s No. 2 pair (7-5, 5-7, 10-7), before falling to Trimble County’s No. 1 duo (6-0, 6-0).

Fernandez noted that Conley had just been released from the hospital Wednesday, but wanted to make sure she played in the match, showing how much heart and dedication she has to the team.

Before regionals May 5, Fernandez said the team needs to work on communicating and moving their feet, especially the doubles pairs. Seeding will be held in two weeks. There are 18 schools in the 8th Regional, with the girls playing at Western Hills and the boys playing at Franklin County.