By Chris Parsons
The Corbin Lady Redhounds tennis team had a busy weekend, playing three matches since Friday and finishing with a 2-1 mark in the three.
Corbin swept Bell County 11-0 Friday, but split Saturday’s contests, dropping a 3-2 match to Lexington Christian Academy and knocking off Mercer County, 5-0.
The Lady Redhounds swept singles in Friday’s singles action with Catherine Crawford, Caroline Reedy, Emma Kate Carloftis, Emma McGraw, Casie McBurney, Emily Morton and Sarah Gibbs all winning their matches.
Saturday, the Lady Redhounds dropped two of three matches with Sydney Ledington falling to Hope Frazier (6-4 and 2-6, 1), while Catherine Crawford fell to Hannah Harris (6-3 and 6-2). Caroline Reedy picked up the lone win against LCA for the Lady Redhounds.
Corbin swept past Mercer County Saturday as well, with Ledington (6-1 and 6-1) and Catherine Crawford (6-4 and 6-3) both grabbing singles wins.
The Lady Redhound swept through doubles play as well to complete the 5-0 win over the Lady Titans.
Afterward, Corbin head coach Donnie Head said he was pleaded with his team’s effort during all three matches.
“In the Bell County match, we got to play a lot of young players and they played well,” Head said. “Lexington Catholic is a really strong team, ranked sixth in the state, and had a chance to seal the victory at our number 1 singles in the tie-breaker, but it was not to be, but for us, our team is just as strong and deep as any in the state.
“Mercer County is a three-time regional champ, but we were just too strong and deep for them,” he added. “Sydney played much better in the Mercer County match and just blew the girl off the court.”
Corbin will be back in action today against Harlan at home.
Corbin 11, Bell Co. 0
1. (C) C. Crawford def. Lauren Hensley 6-1,6-4
2. (C) C. Reedy def. C. Brock 8-1
3. (C) Emma Kate Carloftis def. Robbins 8-1
4. (C) Emma McGraw def. Epperson 8-0
5. (C) Casie McBurney def. Saylor 8-4
6. (C) Emily Morton def. Russell 8-2
7. (C) Sarah Gibbs def. H. Hensley 8-0
1. (C) J. Jewell/EK Carloftis def. Hensley/Brock 6-2, 6-0
2. (C) J. Crawford/M. Beecham def Robbins/Epperson 8-2
3. (C) EJ Carloftis/Cora Stevens def Saylor/Russell 8-1
4. (C) S. Gibbs/ E. Morton def. H. Hensley/G. Adkins 8-0
Corbin 2, LCA 3
1. (C) Sydney Ledington loses Hope Frazier 6-4,2-6,1(5)
2, (C) Catherine Crawford loses Hannah Harris 6-3,6-2
3. (C) Caroline Reedy def. Meredith Macy 6-1,3-6, 1(7)
1. (C) Jewell/EK Carloftis loses Eden/Sither 6-4,6-0
2. (C) J. Crawford/Beecham def. Branha/Parks 6-2,6-1
Corbin 5, Mercer Co. 0
1. (C) Ledington def. Erin Pigmon 6-1,6-1
2. (C) C. Crawford def. Catheryne Claunch 6-4,6-3
1. (C) Jewell/Reedy def. Ingram/Murray 6-1,6-3
2. (C) J. Crawford/EK Carloftis def. Long/Green 6-3,6-0
3. (C) EJ Carloftis/Beecham def. Crouell/Thompson 6-0,6-0
By Chris Parsons
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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