Burdette/Swencki win regionals

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The majority of the Marion County Knights tennis team is finished competing for the season, but the doubles duo of Jacob Burdette and Noah Swencki will be heading to the state tournament, which will be held at the Sayre High School tennis courts starting tomorrow. Burdette and Swencki won the regional tournament Thursday night. They won four matches in the regional tournament to not only qualify them for state, but to give them the high honors at the tournament.
The doubles team had a bye in the first round and played Meade County in the second round of action, defeating them in two sets (6-1) and (6-3). Burdette and Swencki moved on to the third round of play where they met LaRue County. They won that match in two sets as well, (6-1) and (6-1). In the semifinals, Burdette and Swencki faced Bardstown, the No. 4 seed in the tournament. The locals were able to defeat Bardstown in two sets (6-1) and (6-1). Finally, in the finals of the regional tournament, the dynamic duo competed against Taylor Thomas and Bilal Ahmed of Elizabethtown, the No. 2 seeded team in the tournament. This match went three sets (6-3), (4-6), and (7-5), and the Marion County team of Jacob Burdette and Noah Swencki would win the regional title.
In other regional action, after winning in the first round last week, Marion County’s Alex Spalding would fall to Reza Haider of Elizabethtown, the No. 1 overall singles seed. Spalding would lose in two sets (4-6) and (4-6).
Marion County’s Ryker Cassidy, who also won in his first round match, would lose in the second round to Chrys Castro of North Hardin in two sets (0-6) and (0-6).