• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS tennis team beats Western Hills

The Woodford County High School boys' tennis team won its home opener over Western Hills on Monday, March 26. The Jackets won all six matches while not losing a set in the process.

WCHS junior Evan Spradlin won in straight sets over Eduardo Benavides in the No. 1 singles match (6-3,6-0). WCHS sophomore Joe Kowalke defeated Dennis Woodrum in the No. 2 singles match (6-3,6-1). Senior Eli Smith won the No. 3 singles match over Sahil Shaik (6-1,6-2). In the No. 4 singles match, Eighth-grader Gus Smith beat Trey Arnett (8-1).

In doubles, Freshman Evan Bentley and junior Mason McIntyre beat Palmer Collett and McCoy Patrick (6-4,6-2) in the No. 1 doubles match. Junior Ben Ison and freshman Zachary Stiefel shut out Luke Werner and Preston McDavid (6-0,6-0) in the No. 2 doubles match.

“It went really well out there today,” said Ison. “Zach (Stiefel) and I are very close and we know how each other play and lift each other up after tough games within a set. We try to compliment each other the best we can on the court.”

“We did really well keeping the ball in play today,” said Stiefel. “We didn't let the bad shots get into our heads and kept playing well. We just try to stick to a plan on the court and today it worked out for us.”

The Lady Jackets defeated Western Hills 5-1. WCHS junior Addison Beck beat Hannah Neal in straight sets (6-3,6-0) in the No. 1 singles match. WCHS freshman Claire Pinkston defeated Ava Kopp (6-4,6-0) in the No. 2 singles match. WCHS sophomore Caroline Miller defeated Diksha Sabash in the No.3 singles match. (4-6,6-1,10-4)

In doubles, Alyssa and Nicole Feldman lost in three sets to Grace Neal and Nancy Collett (6-3,2-6,10-6). WCHS sophomores Sophie Wingo and Allison Miller defeated Sarah Arnett and Olivia Onodu (6-3.3-6,10-7). WCHS juniors hannah Brady and Kassie Cook defeated Sanjai Raj and Jesse Penn (8-1).

Henry Clay

The WCHS boys' tennis team was defeated 3-2 on Friday, March 23 at Henry Clay High School. Spradlin lost in straight sets to Philip Priest (6-0,6-1) in the No. 1 singles match. Kowalke lost in straight sets in the No. 2 singles match to Evan Duggal (6-0,6-1). In doubles, Bentley and McIntyre were defeated by Will Andrews and Brett Folsum (6-0,6-1). Woodford County picked up a pair of wins when Stiefel and Ison defeated Zivkovic and Politas (6-3,6-4), and Smith and Charles defeated Zizkovic and Klee (6-2,7-5).

The WCHS girls were shut out by the Lady Blue Devils, 4-0. Beck was defeated in straight sets by Katie Robeson (6-1,6-0) in the No. 1 singles match. Pinkston went three sets but fell to Lisette D'Onofrio (2-6,7-5,10-7) in the No.2 singles match. In doubles, Nicole Feldner and Wingo fell to Alexa and Destin Hardesty (6-3,6-0) and Hannah Brady and Katelyn Hamilton lost to Kennedy Herring and Christina Dwall (6-2,6-0).

Lafayette

The WCHS boys' tennis team defeated the Lafayette Generals 5-1 on Thursday, March 22. The Jackets won two of three singles matches and both doubles matches against the Generals.

In singles, Spradlin was defeated 8-5 in the No. 1 singles match. WCHS sophomore Joe Kowalke won 8-4 over James Yang. WCHS senior Eli Smith shut out Chris Richard 8-0 to round out the singles matches.

In doubles, Stiefel and Ison won 8-3 over Joshua Arnold and Sylesh Jaggannathon. McIntyre and Bentley won 8-1 over Caleb Jones and Benjamin Adair.

The Lady Jackets lost 3-2 to the Lady Generals.

Beck lost in a tie-breaker 9-8 (7-5) in the No. 1 singles match. Pinkston lost 8-6 to Fuka Nakagaki and sophomore Caroline Miller lost 8-1 to Anna Nakagaki.

In doubles, WCHS senior Alyssa Feldner and sophomore Nicole Feldner won 8-6 over Kaigi Wang and Sharlene Wang. Miller and Wingo won 8-6 over Amane Fukaya and Harona Masuda.

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