PREP TENNIS: Duos fall in first round at state

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By Josh Claywell



It was a short stay in the KHSAA State Tennis Championships for the two area boys’ doubles teams that qualified.

Campbellsville seniors Cody Davis and Cass Kidwell and the Taylor County junior tandem of Cooper Parks and Tyler Perkins each lost in the first round last Thursday at the Top Seed Tennis Center in Nicholasville.

Davis and Kidwell were swept in straight sets by Corbin juniors Peyton Hamlin and Brady Keith, 6-3, 6-4. The match was back and forth in both sets, with Davis and Kidwell staying right with the Redhound duo.

But Hamlin and Keith were too strong in the end, holding on for the victory.

“It was tough because that was the last match I was able to coach Cass and Cody since they’re graduating this year,” Campbellsville coach Tyler Hardy said in a text message Tuesday. “They went in with the expectation that this team was much better than them. However, the match was a battle from the first point to the last. (I) couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Hardy said he was proud of how far the team advanced, becoming the Eagles’ first  state entrant in 16 years.

“Cass and Cody set a goal to qualify for state this year and they accomplished it,” Hardy said.

Hardy said Davis and Kidwell, along with fellow senior Jackson Hunt, will be missed in the future by the program.

“They’ve been with me since my first year as the head coach five years ago,” he said. “Their accomplishments include a Heartland Conference team championship, team runner-up, 5th Region team final four and a number of singles and doubles accolades.

“Campbellsville tennis has been a top-five team in our region for several years because of them.”

Parks and Perkins, on the other hand, were rewarded with a rematch from the championship of the 5th Region Tournament when they faced Elizabethtown senior Patrick Lawson and junior Jared Towell.

Lawson and Towell rolled to the win in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

Parks and Perkins rallied from a 5-1 deficit to make things interesting in the first set, but the Panthers were able to limit their mistakes in winning the final two points.

Elizabethtown played more composed in the second set, never letting Parks and Perkins get in much of a rhythm.

Taylor County coach Grant Litton could not be reached for comment for this story.