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Teams vie in Derby Day doubles

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights boys tennis team traveled to Lexington on Saturday to compete in the Kentucky Derby Day doubles event hosted by Kyle Macy. The bulk of the matches were played at the University of Kentucky tennis complex (Hillary J. Boone Tennis Center) and were later moved to the Lexington Tennis club due to rain.
During the event, the Marion County doubles team of Jacob Burdette and Noah Swencki were in flight one. They received a bye in the first round and proceeded to play the previous year’s No. 1 team in the state (Henry Clay High School). The tournament used no-advantage scoring, which took the deuce mechanic out of the game to speed up game-play, which hurt us pretty bad in this match. They lost in two sets (6-3) and (6-2). They had five advantage points, which basically means that first set could have just as easily gone our way.  
Marion County Head Coach Chase Burdette commented on Jacob Burdette’s and Noah Swencki’s performance.
“I was thrilled that they were able to play so closely with such a high caliber team,” he said. “It shows that they have the potential to play with the best teams in the state.”
After the duo of Burdette and Swencki lost, they were put into a consolation round where they defeated Rose Hill Academy in two sets (6-2) and (7-5).
Another Marion County doubles team, who normally play singles, Ryker Cassidy and Alex Spalding, played in flight 2 and lost in the first round to Henry Clay’s No. 2 team in two sets (6-3) and (6-4).
“They played very well for players who typically don’t play a lot of doubles and gave them a close match,” said Coach Burdette.
In the consolation round, they lost to Russell County in two sets (6-3) and (6-4), which was also a very good match.
The Knights tennis team will have two more matches before the regional tournament begins on May 14.
A meeting to determine seeding for the regional tournament was held Thursday night. Alex Spalding will be the No. 6 seed in singles action, and the Marion County doubles team of Jacob Burdette and Noah Swencki will be the No. 1 seed in doubles action.
“We are really getting focused now before region,” Burdette said.
The Marion County Lady Knights tennis team also competed in the Kentucky Derby Day doubles event Saturday, but didn’t fare well.
Although Head Coach Angela Holt said her girls played some good games against top-notch teams. The Lady Knights tennis team will also have two more matches before the regional tournament, which will begin for them on May 13.
The Marion County team of Elyssa Holt and Madison Cassidy will be the No. 3 seed in doubles action.