Racket Jackets wrap up season at state tournament
The Racket Jackets’ season concluded at the KHSAA State tournament
Wednesday, June 2. Woodford qualified four players for the event, but
senior Claire Pinkston was the lone member to advance to the second day.
Pinkston made history during the regional tournament by becoming the
first girls’ singles player to advance to the region final in 40 years.
Pinkston won her first two matches before falling to Sara Watanabe
(Covington Catholic), 0-6, 0-6 in the third round. Before the loss,
Pinkston advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Kayla Harger, 6-2, 6-0
(Henry County). She won her opening round match over Charly Hayden
(Daviess County), 7-5, 6-1.
WCHS freshman Addie Patterson and eighth-grader Cassidy Stiefel fought
their way into a third-set tiebreaker before falling to Mehr Brar and
Elizabeth Wintersheimer (Beechwood), 5-7, 6-2, 0-1. Patterson and
Stiefel concluded their season with an 18-4 doubles record.
Stiefel said she used the opportunity to get better and learn lessons
for the future.
“I told myself that I needed to take advantage of the opportunity and
enjoy it because even if you lose it’s an experience a lot of players
don’t get,” said Stiefel. “My partner and I have worked hard all season,
and it prepared us, even though we knew it would be a challenge. This
experience helped a high-pressure situation and prepare me for my next
four years of high school tennis.”
Evan Bentley advanced to the second round before being eliminated by
Kian Rosenau (Dunbar), 2-6, 5-7. Bentley won his opening round match
over Nate Hill (Corbin) without dropping a game, 6-0, 6-0. Bentley
finished his senior season with a 17-4 singles record.