Half of Lady Racket Rebs will advance to State

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By Quincy Burt

The Lady Racket Rebs have been on quite a roll since suffering a second loss early in the season. The No. 1 seeds for Casey in singles and doubles have won their first three matches of the 12th Region Tournament, qualifying for State, with the semis and championships yet to play this week.
For the second consecutive year, half of the field for Casey girls tennis is heading to the State Tournament.
“Overall, I’m thrilled with my team’s performance,” coach Marvetta Overstreet said. “They have worked hard this season to improve individually and that hard work shows in their performance. Advancing half of our team to state for the second consecutive season is an awesome way to show what good things can happen when you work diligently toward a goal.”
Yet to drop a set, Amber Pierce (singles) along with Sarah Harne and Laci Lee (doubles), have cruised to their second-straight Regional Semi Finals.
“I hope they will continue that pattern as they progress to the semifinals,” Overstreet said of the dominance by her top players in the Regional Tournament so far. “I’m absolutely thrilled that they have qualified for state. These girls have worked hard at their game and I know they have their sights set on getting into that final match and doing their best to take the wins.”
Kristen Hogue fell to a very good number-three seeded Emma Calfee of Pulaski County in the first round, but got high praise from Overstreet.
“Kristen got a tough draw,” said Overstreet. “Kristen played her tough and fought as much as she could, but Emma had an answer for everything that Kristen tried. Kristen didn’t earn that opportunity to get to state. I’m disappointed that she didn’t have that chance, but I can’t complain about how she played. She did her best.”
Abi Crew and Bekah Cochran took care of the doubles team from McCreary Central in the first round, but ran up against the number-four seed from Boyle County in the second.
“I’m very proud of Abi and Bekah for their performance in dominating their opening round and playing like champions in the second round against the number-four seed,” said Overstreet. They have improved so much so that now they are two of the most talented freshmen in our region. They forced the number-four seed to work hard to get their win. I think Abi and Bekah surprised a lot of people with their level of play. It was not an easy win for the more experienced Boyle duo.”
Lady Rebel tennis will continue Regional Tournament play this week.

12th Region Tournament

1st Round: Amber Pierce (CC) def. Savanna Sweet (Rockcastle) 6-0, 6-0
(3) Emma Calfee (Pulaski) def. Kristen Hogue (CC) 3-6, 2-6
2nd Round: Amber Pierce (CC) def. Gracie Caton (Mercer) 6-0, 6-4
3rd Round: Amber Pierce (CC) def. (7) Charity Nickell (Somerset) 6-2, 6-4
1st Round: Harne/Lee def. Bandura/Smith (Lincoln) 6-2, 6-1
Crew/Cochran def. Anderson/Hamlin (McCreary Central) 6-1, 6-1

2nd Round: Harne/Lee def. Bengelsdorf/Traw (Berea) 6-0, 6-1
(4) Leahey/Nolan (Boyle) def. Crew/Cochran (CC) 3-6, 1-6

3rd Round: Harne/Lee (CC) def. (7) Cook/Martin (Pulaski) 6-1, 6-2