Tennis pair advance to Round of 16: SOHS siblings Jordan and Steffi Pitts play well on state’s biggest stage

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By Greg Waddell

After claiming Eighth Region singles’ titles Thursday, May 9, South Oldham siblings Jordan and Steffi Pitts continued their strong run through the postseason in Lexington, advancing to the round of 16 in the KHSAA state tennis tournament.
Jordan, a freshman at South Oldham, opened up the tournament with a 6-2; 6-1 win and cruised 6-0; 6-1 in the second round. He met his match in the tournament’s third round, falling to Kentucky Country Day’s Collier Bouchillon 6-0;6-3.
Steffi, a seventh grader, performed equally well, winning her first two matches 6-0; 6-1 and 6-3; 6-1 before falling 6-2;7-5 to Lone Oak’s Michelle McKamey in her third match.
Several other locals played well, including Oldham County’s Aspen Jarrett, the girls’ Eighth Region runner-up, who advanced out of the first round with a 6-0;6-2 win before falling in the second round to Sayre’s Julian Mok. South Oldham senior Steven Mayborg earned a first round win as well, defeating Michael Thomas of Grayson County 6-2;6-4 before falling in round two, while North Oldham’s Tyler Kilambi advanced to the second round with a 6-1;6-4 win.
North Oldham’s Rhegan Riggs and South Oldham’s Natalie Dearen did not advance past the opening round.
In doubles’ action, the South Oldham duo of Aaron Amburgey and Cameron Mount had the best tournament, advancing to the second round on a 6-2;6-4 win before falling 6-0; 7-6.
South Oldham’s Dawson Bezehertny and Tony Liu fell in the first round to the eventual state champion team from St. Xavier, while both girls’ doubles teams added first round exits as well.

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