May 7, 2014 — The tennis postseason has arrived and the East Carter boys and girls teams participated in the 16th Region Tournament Monday at the Ashland Tennis Courts.
In girls singles, Emily Porter defeated Rowan County’s Bridgett Kim 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and then defeated Megan Farley of Raceland 6-0, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Boyd County’s Jessica Burton, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, defeated Porter 6-1, 6-0.
Russell’s Lauren McKenzie beat sophomore Elyssa McDavid 6-0, 6-1 in the first round.
In the girls doubles of the 16th Region Tournament, East Carter’s duo of Sarah Hall and Madison Prater beat a team from Greenup County in a supertiebreak 6-1, 2-6, 10-5. They would advance to play the No. 4 seed pair from Boyd County 6-0, 6-0.
In the second match, the East Carter group of Amber Hall and Makenzie Hayes defeated a team from Rowan County 6-0, 6-3 and a duo from Raceland in a supertibreak 5-7, 6-3, 10-3. That advanced Hall and Hayes to the quarterfinals with a matchup with the No. 3 seed from Russell in the quarterfinals. The Lady Devil pair ousted Hall and Hayes 6-0, 6-0.
East Carter’s girls tied the team record with five regional tournament wins.
On the boys side of the 16th Region tournament, Mason Tomaselli defeated fellow West Carter’s Allen McClurg 6-1, 6-0 in the first round, then Jesse Dillow (Fairview) 6-0,6 -0 in the 2nd round. In the quarterfinals, lost to the No. 2 seed from Russell, Matthew Eastham 6-0, 6-0.
In the other singles matchup East’s Marcus Harris’s rally fell short against Greenup’s Gabe Foit 6-1, 6-4.
In doubles, the 16th Region Tournament’s No. 4 seed, East’s Jonathan Seagraves and Tanner Sammons defeated their second round opponents from Raceland 6-0, 6-0. The win set up a quarterfinals matchup against Rose Hill. But the Royals would oust Seagraves and Sammons 7-6(4), 6-3.
The Raiders had another doubles team in the 16th Region Tournament. However, Zach Kiser and Josh Porter lost a tough three setter in the first round to Boyd County 6-1, 3-6, 10- 5.
The Raiders tied a team record with eight regional tournament wins.
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