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Tennis teams keep rolling on

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County High School Knights and Lady Knights tennis won four of five matches last week. The Knights defeated Central Hardin and Bethlehem, and the Lady Knights defeated Central Hardin, Bethlehem and Bardstown.
The Knights edged the Central Hardin Bruins, 3-2. In singles, Alex Spalding defeated Tad Skaggs, 6-1, 6-1. Ryker Cassidy defeated Kevin Britt, 7-5, 6-1, and Durbin Richardson defeated Alex Norton, 6-0, 4-6 (10-7), in a super tiebreaker.  
In doubles, Knights’ Michael Spalding and Jonah Gillespie fell to Patel and Patel, 1-6, 2-6. Brandon Blandford and Will Famer lost to Nason and Compton, 0-6, 0-6.
“In addition to playing without one of our top guys, Jacob Burdette, Central Hardin is among the top teams in the region,” Knights Coach Landon Williams said. “They returned every player from a tie for second place overall in last year’s tournament. Jacob’s absence in most cases means that one reliable point becomes a question mark. I challenged our team prior to the match and they responded at every position. Fortunately, Alex and Ryker played tremendously well in singles, and Durbin Richardson came through in a tiebreak after splitting the first two sets. Michael and Jonah competed at one doubles against a quality and experienced doubles team, and I was awfully proud of those guys along with two seed doubles.”
The Lady Knights struggled against the Lady Bruins, losing 4-1.
In singles, Emily Novak defeated Alyssa Farmer, 6-0, 6-0, Riley Keys defeated Allie Evans, 6-4, 6-3, and Julie Stivers defeated Kristina Leake, 6-1, 6-1.
Marion County picked up its lone win in doubles play when Madison Cassidy and Elyssa Holt defeated Ashlee O’Brien and Sarah Rineker, 6-3, 6-3.  Miranda Bradshaw and Madeline Peterson fell to Ali Jordan and Taylor Mudd, 7-5, 6-1, .

Knights vs. Bethlehem
The Knights defeated Bethlehem, 4-1. In singles, Durbin Richardson defeated Adam Rogers, 6-0, 6-0, Ryker Cassidy defeated Jesse Plouvier, 6-0, 6-0, and Michael Spalding defeated John Simms, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles play, Brandon Blandford and Trevor Hood fell to Surtees and Surtees, 2-6, 4-6, while Colby Hood and Hank Hardin defeated Sivori and C. Plouvier, 6-3, 7-5.

Lady Knights vs.
Bardstown
The Lady Knights defeated Bardstown, 4-1. In singles, Alyssa Farmer defeated Asuka Sekiguchi, 6-1, 6-1, and Bailey Spalding defeated Hannah Tharp, 6-4, 6-2. Allie Evans fell in her singles match against Abby Moore, 3-6, 6-2 (10-5).
In doubles, Madison Cassidy and Elyssa Holt defeated Hannah Rogers and Hannah Filiatreau, 6-0, 6-2 and Madeline Peterson and Miranda Bradshaw defeated Charley Haydon and Jessie Walsh, 6-4, 6-2.
In the final match of the week that was scheduled to be a boy/girl matchup, only the Lady Knights played.
The Lady Knights picked up a 4-1 win in this matchup. Alyssa Farmer defeated Hannah Welch, 6-2, 6-1, and Allie Evans defeated Selena Spencer, 6-3, 3-6 (10-7) for a pair of Marion County wins in singles play. Bailey Spalding lost her singles match to Allie Tucker, 6-0, 6-3.
In doubles play, Madison Cassidy and Elyssa Holt defeated Anna Jones and Riley Smith, 1-6, 6-4 (10-5) and Madeline Peterson and Miranda Bradshaw defeated Mikayla Dennison and Maddie Haydon, 6-2, 6-1.
The Knights and Lady Knights were in action in Taylor County last weekend for the Heartland Athletic Conference tournament.