Simmons claims singles crown

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Beats Begley during Heartland Athletic Conference

By Jesse Osbourne

Leanna Begley may have lost but it was still a dream come true.

Begley faced teammate Kameron Simmons in the singles final of the Heartland Athletic Conference tournament last week in a match up they've both dreamed of.

"Kameron told me that when she and Leanna were young tennis players they used to dream that one day they would be playing in the finals of the conference tournament. This year their dream came true. I'm extremely proud of them," Lady Knights Head Coach Angela Holt said.

Simmons defeated Begley in two sets (6-2) (6-1) to claim the crown. She had to go through Adair County's Ashley Crawhorn (6-0) (6-0) and Campbellsville's Ashley Phillips (6-4)(6-0) to get to Begley.

"Kameron and Leanna showed tremendous poise, competitive spirit, and leadership throughout the tournament. Kameron had a pretty easy trip through her bracket while Leanna had to get through a pretty tough third round match against last year's singles winner, Meredith Haley. We were thrilled to have an all Marion County final in the singles bracket," Holt said.

Begley had to beat out Washington County's Kristen Harrod and Campbellsville's Meredith Haley to reach Simmons.

In doubles action, Elyssa Holt and Madison Cassidy were knocked off in the final against a duo from Campbellsville. The Lady Knights fell in two sets (1-6)(2-6).

"Elyssa and Madison also played well in the tournament. Elyssa did an excellent job of using alley shots against their opponents while Madison played aggressively at the net and showed power with her serve.  They are continuing to improve as the season is coming to an end," Holt said.

Olivia Thompson and Brooke Lee fell in their first match to a duo from Adair County. They fell in two competitive sets (4-6)(4-6).

"Although Brooke and Olivia were unable to pull off a win in their opening match they gave the senior players from Adair County a close match.  Brooke has great court savvy.  She anticipates holes that open up on the court and takes advantage of the opportunity to end the point with great ball placement.  Olivia's skills continue to progress. She has a great forehand and her backhand keeps getting better and better.  She is probably one of the quickest players on our team," Holt said.

In regular season play, the Lady Knights traveled to Taylor County last Friday. They won the match 5-1.

Simmons won (6-0)(6-0) as did Begley (6-1)(6-0). Kelsey Newcome fell (1-6)(0-6).

In doubles play, Holt and Cassidy played a close one (6-4)(6-3) while Lee and Thompson romped (6-1)(6-0). Lauren Buckman and Taylor Corbett also handled their opponents (6-0)(6-0).

The Lady Knights head into regional play next week in Elizabethtown.