Boys’ and girls’ singles and doubles pairings for the 2016 Republic Bank/KHSAA State Tennis Championships were released Monday afternoon.
Lexington is well-represented among the top-seeded players in all four tournaments, which get underway Thursday. The boys will open at Boone-Downing Tennis Complex on the University of Kentucky’s campus while the girls will start at Shillito Park. All four tournaments will move to UK beginning with the round of 16 on Friday.
Paul Laurence Dunbar freshman Matt Halpin and Lexington Catholic senior Allison Quammen each were seeded fifth in their respective singles fields. If the favorites won out, Halpin would meet No. 1 overall seed Drew Singerman of St. Xavier in the quarterfinals while Quammen would get No. 1 seed Michele McKamey of McCracken County in the quarters.
Also in boys’ singles, Henry Clay’s Alex Dubilier starts off with a tough opponent in St. Xavier’s Alex Westbrooks, the No. 2 overall seed. Adam Slone of Lexington Christian meets Cameron Pennington of East Carter in the first round of singles play. Dunbar’s Bryce Shelton, who pushed Halpin to a tiebreaker in the before succumbing in the 11th Region finals, drew Josh Joiner of Danville.
Keifer Mays and Noah Tapp of Henry Clay were seeded third overall in boys’ doubles. They open with Jonathan Duvall and Michael Graves out of Danville and will be favored to meet Trinity’s Brandon Chou and Sam Rueff in the quarterfinals. Will Andrews and Matt Telfer, also of Henry Clay, received a five seed and drew South Oldham’s Dillon Bezehertny and Tony Liu.
One boys’ doubles team out of the 11th Region is guaranteed to go home after the first round: Model’s Blake Benson and Cole Wilson clash with Lexington Catholic’s Ben Deaton and Troy True on the first day.
In girls’ singles, Lexington Catholic’s Amanda Miller was paired with Eden Webb out of Lawrence County. It’s possible that she and 11th Region companion Rosie Halpin (Dunbar) could meet in the round of 16 on Friday. Halpin drew Paducah Tilghman’s Molly Shannon in the first round.
Lauren Waddles, an eighth grader from Lexington Christian, starts her tournament against Ally Delaney out of Hancock County.
Sayre pair Caroline Hager and Grace Headley received a five seed and a first-round date with Corbin’s Emily Morton and Cora Stevens. If they were to win out, Hager and Headley would meet No. 2-seeded Madelyn Kauffman and Sophia Shibben from McCracken County in the quarterfinals.
Lexington Christian’s Jessica Hill and Caroline Lancaster open with Sarah Englert and Emily Klump out of Owensboro Catholic. If they win their opener, LCA duo would likely face Kauffman and Shibben in the second round.
Lexington Catholic duo Merrick Irwin and Kiley Mair start off against Lawrence County’s Maci Pollack and Jordan Stepp. Scott County’s Lauren Moore and Jessica Salyers drew Ashley Bergmann and Hannan Craft from Knott County Central.