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Doubles teams win first matches in Region 1 Tournament

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Noah Cox, pictured here last week against Calloway, and doubles partner Coleman Flentge won their first round match in the Region 1 Tournament at Tilghman Saturday.PADUCAH - Marshall County's tennis team wrapped up their season at the Region 1 Tournament at Paducah Tilghman and Lone Oak Saturday. The young and steadily improving squad faced some tough opponents the last couple of weeks leading up to the regional tournament.

On April 23rd, both the boys and girls teams beat Ballard Memorial. The boys won five games to one while the girls took three games to one. Against Murray on April 24th the boys lost 2-5and the girls won 5-4 and both teams were blanked by Mayfield on April 26th. Top Region 1 team year in and year out, Lone Oak, took out the boys and girls by scores of 0-7 and 0-10 and finally against Calloway, the boys lost 0-9 and the girls fell 2-7.
In Region 1 competition Saturday, the Marshals two wins came in doubles play from Noah Cox and Coleman Flentge who beat Kincer and Null from Mayfield in three sets, 6-2,Adam Padgett lost his first match to the #1 seeded player in the region. 5-6, 6-1 and Shandra Sullivan and Jeanette Capuano who beat Neirmeyer and Doucet from Calloway, 6-3, 6-4. In the second round, Cox and Flentge faced Schroeder and Jones from Community Christian Academy going three sets, winning the first set 6-4, losing 1-6 in the second and taking a tough third set loss at 5-7. Sullivan and Capuano faced the team of Trimm and Trimm of Heath in the second round losing 0-6, 0-6.
In singles play, Adam Padgett with a first round bye, faced the overall #1 seed Bobby Kaltenbach of Lone Oak, 0-6, 0-6 and Will Forbis lost in three sets to Ballard's Jonathan Steele, 4-6, 6-2, 0-6. Elizabeth Padgett played three good sets against Murray's Kennedy Jones losing 3-6, 8-6, 1-6 and Miranda Ballard with a first round bye lost in the second round to the #1 seed on the girls side, Lone Oak's Michelle McKamey 0-6, 0-6.
The doubles team of Huston Harrington and Russel Shanahan lost to #1 seed Adams and Townsen of Lone Oak 0-6, 0-6 and Emily McGee and Aubrey Frey dropped their doubles match to Simmons and Choate of Mayfield 1-6, 1-6.
I’m very happy with our effort in the Regional Tournament", Head Coach Ryan Marchetti said. "We won a doubles match both in both boys and girls, and our kids are excited about that. We got a kind of unlucky draw as we had to play the number one seed in boys’ singles and doubles, and in girls’ singles. Adam, Russell, Huston, and Miranda all played against great players who all have a great chance in the state tournament. Shandra and Jeanette played better and better together all year, and it showed here at the end of the season. Noah and Coleman played great together, and Noah played his best tennis of the year Saturday. Elizabeth and Will both won a set in their matches, but ran out of gas in the third set against good players.”
Coach Marchetti is very pleased with the progress his tennis team has made over the course of the season. “We only had one senior play in the Regional Tournament this year", Marchetti said. "We have a good core of young players that will all be back next year. If these kids improve over the summer and fall, Marshall County will be very proud of its tennis team next year and in the years to come. I’m very happy with our kids’ effort and attitude the entire season.”
Shandra Sullivan (left) and Jeanette Capuano won their first round match against Calloway then lost to Heath in round two.