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WCHS tennis teams off to good start in 2017


The Woodford County High School tennis teams are off to a good start in the 2017 season.

Since the start of the season, the boys’ team is 4-2, while the girls’ team is 2-2. Here are the results of their matches. Boys’ results The boys’ tennis team played all of its matches on the road to start the season. On Tuesday, March 21, the boys scored an 8-2 victory over Lexington Christian. In singles, Evan Bentley defeated Josh Massey 8-3, while Mason McIntrye lost 8-4 to Ben Oliver. Then Zach Stiefel defeated Ben Gerken 8-2; Chaicaripa Vatsarut defeated Jay Luk; and Drew Blaydes defeated Josh Strunk 8-1. In doubles, Bentley and McIntyre defeated Massey and Oliver 8-6. Then Ben Ison and Stiefel defeated Ben Phillpat and Lei Messenger 9-8 (15-13); and Joe Kowalke and Chaicaripa lost 8-6 to Gerken and Strunk. On Thursday, March 23, Woodford lost to Scott County 5-1. In singles, Bentley lost to Samuel Jones 6-0, 6-1, while Kowalke lost to Dylan Renfrow, 6-0, 6-0; and Stiefel got the team’s only win of the day when he defeated Cameron Rice 6-2, 6-3. In doubles, McIntyre and Max Wade lost to Ian Adams and Benjamin Jones in the longest match of the day, 7-6, 2-6, 10-6. Then on Friday, March 24, Woodford bounced back from its loss to Scott County and shut out Lafayette 5-0. In singles, Bentley defeated Luke Pelligrino,6-0, 7-5; Stiefel defeated Chris Richard 6-1, 6-1; and Eli Smith defeated Josh Arnold 7-5, 3-6, 11-9. In doubles, McIntyre and Wade defeated James Yang and Caleb Johns 6-0, 6-2, and Kowalke and Ison defeated Benjamin Adair and Sy Jagannathan 6-2, 6-1. In its next match on Tuesday, March 28, Woodford lost to Lexington Catholic 8-1. In singles, Bentley lost to Ben Deaton 8-2; McIntyre lost to Alen Ko 8-3; Wade lost to Thomas Kaplan 8-2; Evan Spradlin lost to Trans Tne 8-1; and Ison defeated David Shing 8-1, for the team’s only win of the day. In doubles, McIntyre and Wade lost 8-2; Kowalke and Chaicaripa lost 8-1; and Blaydes and Smith lost 6-1. Woodford followed that match up with a 6-1 win over Western Hills on Wednesday, March 29. In singles, Bentley lost to Palmer Collett 1-6, 7-5, 10-6; Spradlin defeated Edwardo Benarides 6-2, 6-0; and Kowalke defeated Preston McDavid 6-4, 7-6 (10-8). In doubles, McIntyre and Wade defeated McCoy Patrick 6-3, 6-1; Stiefel and Ison defeated Hayden Northcutt and Hayden Hoover 6-1, 6-2; and Chaicaripa and Blaydes defeated Dhruv Viothari and Matson Wanright 8-3. Then in its match against Tates Creek on Thursday, March 30, Woodford scored a 4-0 victory. In singles, Bentley defeated Hunter Gregg 8-6; and Spradlin defeated Keeghan Lockhart 8-3. In doubles, McIntyre and Wade defeated Lockhart and Mohammad Shalash 8-2; and Stiefel and Ison defeated Dominic Robinet and Adam Shalash 8-1. Girls’ results Like the boys, the girls were also on the road for all of their matches to open the season. The team started with a 6-1 loss to Lexington Christian. In singles, Ellington King lost to Lydia Price 8-9; Sophie Wingo lost to Kayla Corbin 8-2; and Alyssa Feldner defeated Callie Messys 8-3, for the team’s only win in the match. In doubles, Alyssa Feldner and Nicole Feldner lost to Caroline Lancaster, 8-0; Reagan Jobe and Katie Batman lost to Callie Pettigrew and Linda Olive, 8-3; and Allison Miller and Caroline Miller lost to Sydney Crosby and Sara W. 9 -7. Following a rain-out of the match against Lafayette on Monday, March 27, Woodford then faced Lexington Catholic on Tuesday, March 28, and lost 8-3. In singles, Addison Beck lost to Amanda Miller 8-0. Then, Jobe lost to Madison Miller 8-3; Nicole Feldner lost to Kiley Mair, 8-0; Alyssa Feldner lost to Ak Shashy, 8-0; and King lost to Alanna Kassis, 8-5. In doubles, Feldner and Feldner lost to S. Farrell and M. Vollett, 8-5; Jobe and Beck defeated Yaniro Rios and Grace McMillian, 8-0; and Miller and Miller defeated Katherine Yaikilis and Christina Corals, 9-8 (10-8). Following those first two losses, Woodford bounced back and shut out West Jessamine on Wednesday, March 29, 6-0. In singles Beck defeated Emma Kate 6-1, 6-0; Jobe defeated Ellen Jones 7-1, 6-2; and King defeated Erin Smith 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Feldner and Feldner defeated Marley Woos and Emma Stephens 6-0, 6-1; Wingo and Miller defeated Hannah Scott and Sally Phelps 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 10-4. Woodford then defeated Tates Creek on Thursday, March 30, 4-1, to level its overall record at 2-2. In singles, Beck defeated Oliva Burke 8-1; and Jobe defeated Kensley Jones 8-1. Then in doubles, Feldner and Feldner lost to Alli Sither an Ellen Herrington 8-6; but Batman and Wingo defeated Hannah Isa And Luna Isa 8-1; and King and Brady won their match 8-0. Next up, the boys’ team plays at Bryan Station on Wednesday, April 12, and on Thursday, April 13, they are at Sayre. Then on Friday, April 14, they host Scott County. The girls’ team hosts Lafayette on Monday April 10. Then they are on the road for their next to matches. On Tuesday, April 11, they are at Scott County, and on Thursday, April 13, they are at Sayre.

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