Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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June 25, 2014

Sammons, Seagraves earn all-area tennis honors

June 25, 2014 — From standout seniors to up-and-coming young players and in between, The Independent’s 2014 All-Area Tennis Team has it all.

Rose Hill Christian senior David Bush added to his collection of Boys Player of the Year honors by winning a record fifth consecutive regional singles championship and closing out a stellar high school career with another All-State Tennis Team selection.

Bush, a Liberty University signee, won the 16th Region title without dropping more than three games in a set. Seeded fourth at the state tournament, Bush advanced to the third round before losing a third-set tiebreaker.

“It’s been an honor to coach against David and watch him through the years,” said Eddie Sizemore, Ashland’s boys coach and a longtime area teaching pro. “I’m so happy for him to be able to take it to the next level at Liberty.

“Besides being a great tennis player, he’s an even better person. He had an unprecedented run in the regional tournament and has been right at the top of the state, making the all-state team a couple of times.”

In all, Bush reached the boys regional singles final seven years in a row, beginning as a sixth-grader.

Sizemore, who guided Ashland to regional and sectional championships this spring, added about Bush: “Part of me is kind of happy he’s gone.”

Ashland sophomore Lauren Fazenbaker and Russell doubles partners Kierstin Hensley and Maci Ferguson share Player of the Year on the girls’ side. The Independent staff makes POY selections.

“It’s a pretty good honor, pretty awesome,” Fazenbaker said.

Fazenbaker rolled to her first 16th Region singles title after three consecutive runner-up finishes. The left-hander lost only three games in her four regional matches.

“Lauren had a very good year,” Ashland girls coach Jamey Sellars said. “She’s deserving because of the work she puts in. I couldn’t be more proud of her attitude and the way she handles herself on the court. She battles every point.”

Fazenbaker said she has seen the most improvement in her game in the areas of “consistency, hitting harder and moving people around. It’s taken a lot of practice, a lot of hard work.”

Fazenbaker followed up her strong regional performance by making a run to the State Tournament quarterfinals. She knocked off fifth-seeded Neha Rao of South Laurel 6-2, 6-3 in the third round.

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