KHSAA State Tennis: Pitts makes run to quarters

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By Brad Stephens

LEXINGTON – Jordan Pitts achieved his best finish last weekend in his fourth boys singles state tennis tournament.

The South Oldham sophomore advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing Friday afternoon to St. Xavier’s Brandon Lancaster, the eventual state champion, at the University of Kentucky’s Boone Tennis Center.

Pitts lasted one round longer than last year, when he advanced to the round of 16.

He lost the first set 1-6 to Lancaster in the quarterfinal match, which was played indoors due to rain. Pitts battled back to take three games from Lancaster in the second set before the St. X junior put him away.

“In the first set I was really nervous, making a lot of errors,” Pitts said. “In the second set I was better but still not where I wanted to be.”

The South sophomore advanced to the quarters with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 win over McCracken County’s Tommy Hagan.

Before that, Pitts defeated Cooper’s Jake Honschopp 6-0, 6-1 in the first round and Covington Catholic’s Anthony Bosch 6-4, 6-0 in the second round.

Pitts’ teammate, freshman Cameron Mount, also had a productive tournament, winning two matches before falling in the round of 16. That finish represented the best performance in Mount’s three state appearances.

Mount beat Apollo’s Michael Crabtree in straight sets, then beat Kentucky Country Day’s Matthew Harrison 6-2, 6-3.

“He was hitting good shots,” Mount said of Harrison. “I mostly just kept solid and waited for him to miss.”

Mount fell to St. Xavier’s Drew Singerman, a state semifinalist, 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 16.

Having two of the final 16 competitors in the boys singles tournament was a good accomplishment for South, Pitts said.

“It’s good to represent South,” Mount said. “It’s been a good season.”

In the girls singles tournament, St. Francis Middle eighth grader Eva Borders advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual state runner-up Meredith Laskey of Highlands.

Borders beat Lexington Catholic’s Allison Quammen 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 16.

South freshman Natalie Dearen beat Hopkinsville’s Mary Glenn Powell in straight sets before losing to one-seed Madeline Rolph of Sayre in the round of 32.

North Oldham senior Rheagan Riggs beat Lauran Berger of Elizabethtown 6-2, 6-1 in the first round before falling to Sacred Heart’s Caroline Walter.

Oldham County sophomore Aspen Jarrett won her first match 6-1, 6-1 against South Warren’s Alexis Lindsey, but lost to Christian Academy-Louisville’s Ellie Gerlach, a University of Louisville signee, in the second round.

In the girls doubles tournament, South sophomores Jennifer Liu and Hannah Walker won their first match 7-6, 6-4 against Hannah Lowman and Allie Sutton of North Hardin. Liu and Walker went on to lose a tiebreaker 10-8 to Henry Clay’s Schuler Ravencraft and Elle Tsamas in the round of 32.

South sophomore Josie Olliges and seventh grader Allison Reed lost their first round match, as did North senior Mallory Love and sophomore Maddie Waits.

South senior Dawson Bezehertny and freshman Tony Liu and North juniors David Kline and Seth Wallace lost their first round boys doubles matchups.

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