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Casey boys tennis picks up another 12th region win

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By Quincy Burt

Sports Correspondent

After a key win over West Jessamine during a 3-0 stretch on the road, Rebel Tennis made the short trip to Somerset last Monday to take on another 12th Region foe at Southwestern. Casey nearly got a sweep over the Warriors in the five-point match with the only loss coming at number-one doubles in a tie break. It all started with a dominate win at one-seed singles as the Rebels cruised to another Region win.

“It always feels great to win,” said coach Phil Williams. “Josh Underwood played very steady throughout his win at number one. Made very few errors and kept the ball in play. He was very consistent serving the ball.”

“He has been working really hard in all aspects of his game and it is paying off,” added Williams. “When you are fortunate enough to win at one (seed) it lessens the pressure on everyone. It also gives the other players are confidence - everyone just has to do their job.”

The Racquet Rebs cruised to the overall match win 4-1 over Southwestern, but had a few close scores beginning at the number-two seed match as Austin Harne took his match 8-6.

“Austin is playing well at the number-two spot,” Williams said. “He ran into a player that was like a back board. He just makes you hit another ball. Fortunately we were able to pull out the win.”

The next match wasn’t ever close, Luke Johnson won 6-0.

“Luke didn’t have any problems,” Williams pointed out. “He basically breezed through his match.”

The first two doubles matches were much closer with Jackson Ponder and Will Thompson falling in a tie break as Ethan Willoughby and Cunner Floyd winning their match 7-5. Brayden Brown and Nate Goode dominated their exhibition match 6-0.

“When we play five-point matches Jackson and Will play number-one doubles,” explained Williams. “It is a pivotal time in the match and they are in a pressure situation. Both Jackson and Will have handled it very well. They have good chemistry and they compliment one another really well. I am so proud of them both. Yes, they did lose a close one at Southwestern, but they both felt they could have one. They got off to slow start and got down 3-0, fought back and went up 6-5 - they didn’t have enough left and fell in the tie break.”

“We are getting solid play in doubles,” Williams added. “The play of Brayden Brown, Nate Goode, Ethan Willoughby and Gunner Floyd has been very rewarding.”

The Rebels are 6-2 (4-1 in Region play) and are now on Spring Break.

“We are hoping for good weather when we get back,” said Williams. “Hoping to work hard fundamentally and are going to do our best. We will see where we are as we go down the stretch in the second half of the season.”