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The Marion County High School girls' tennis team had a rough start to their 2012 season. The Lady Knights traveled to LaRue County, and were handily defeated.
Taylor Corbett fell to Michelle Seymour in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Alyssa Farmer fell to Nancy Howell, 6-2, 6-4. Elyssa Holt and Madison Cassidy lost to Paige Nalley and Amelea Miller, 6-4, 6-2. Madeline Peterson and Emma Thompson lost to Haylee Best and Madison Lee, 6-0, 6-0. The lone victory for the Lady Knights came from Allie Evans who defeated Caitlin Lewis, 8-5.
"LaRue County girls had powerful serves that gave us a lot of trouble," Coach Angela Holt said. "I was pleased that Alyssa Farmer made a run at her opponent in her second set. She showed great composure against a much older player."
Holt went on to comment about the win by Allie Evans.
"Allie was our only win of the night," she said. "As she grows stronger and increases her endurance, she will continue to improve. Madison Cassidy and Elyssa Holt started strong, but their opponents fought back to beat them. They will need to work on the shot consistency and get a handle on their nerves when are struggling with their serves."
Four out of our top six players from last season return this season, according to Holt, who also noted that the team will be relying on the upperclassmen throughout the season.
"We will be relying on the experience of senior Taylor Corbett and juniors Elyssa Holt and Madison Cassidy to lead the team," she said. "Freshman Alyssa Farmer and eighth-grader Allie Evans will also be important to the success of our team. Even though they are young, they are talented and aggressive players that I expect to be strong in match play."
Some other developing players are Madeline Peterson, Emma Thompson, Johannah and Kristina Leake, Savannah West, Kelsey Franklin, Olivia Peterson, Amber Howard, and Lauren Norris, according to Coach Holt.
Coach Holt also commented on the team relying on some inexperienced players. "Some of the players playing at the varsity level are still relatively new to the sport of tennis, so we need to put in some extra practice time to get them the experience they need," she said.
Holt said the KHSAA started the tennis season earlier this year, and that combined with rainy weather and going to the girls' basketball state tournament games put the team a little behind schedule.
"We are going to work hard in hopes of taking home another conference championship," she said.
At the regional level the team to beat will be Elizabethtown, according to Coach Holt.
"LaRue County has a couple of very strong players that have come back to tennis this year after taking last year off. They were pretty impressive in our season opener," she said.