• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

WCMS Tennis finishes season strong

WCMS TENNIS advanced to the final four of the state tournament on Sunday, Nov. 13. From left : Coach Sam Polk, Nick Ruzenne , Simon Swansegar , Addie Patterson , Jordan Patterson , Cassidy Stiefel , Gus Smith and Parker Polk . (Photo submitted)

Woodford County Middle School finished in the final four out of twelve teams to compete in the Kentucky Middle School Tennis Tournament held in Louisville Nov. 11-13. For the third time this year, a Woodford County Parks youth tennis team advanced to the final four in a state tournament. Prior to this past summer, no Woodford tennis team had ever made it that far. The 14 and under team achieved the feat in Owensboro this summer , the Fall High School Interscholastic team made the final four in Louisville in October, and now the middle school team has accomplished the same.

The state tournament is open to teams that competed in various leagues across the state. Kids in grades 5-8 may compete in the Middle School League. Woodford was placed into a pool with The Lexington School, Louisville Kammerer and Louisville Meyzeek. All pool matches were played on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Woodford started the tournament off slowly by struggling in the first match against The Lexington School . Woodford finished the match winning only one of four courts but still compiling 15 games. Woodford bounced back quickly in their second match against Louisville Kammerer at the Advantage Tennis Center, winning all four courts and picking up an additional 24 games. The final match in pool play was against Louisville Meyzeek. Woodford had another good showing, winning three of four courts and adding another 22 games. Woodford finished first in their pool and advanced to the final four.

On Sunday Nov. 13, Woodford met Louisville Meyzeek again for a trip to finals. Woodford’s opponent received a wildcard to establish a fourth team. Woodford dropped its final match of the season, losing all four competitive courts. The majority of the team can play middle school tennis for another two years, so the future is bright for this group.

This tournament brings an end to local youth team tennis for the year. Woodford County Parks offers multiple youth tennis opportunities at Falling Springs ranging from clinics to Junior Team Tennis for all ages. More program and registration information will be available late winter and early spring. Until then, many Woodford youth tennis players will pursue individual tournaments, clinics and lessons at indoor facilities in the area.

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