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BC Tennis teams compete in OVSS Tennis Classic; Hampton places 3rd

Chanda Hampton with her 3rd place trophy

The BCHS girls and boys tennis teams traveled to Owensboro this week for the OVSS Tennis Classic.  The OVSS is a tournament for all 3rd region teams, and serves as something of a preview of what the regional tournament might look like, in three weeks.  In addition to what the regional tournament offers, all first match losers in the OVSS enjoy the chance to advance to a backdraw, just for them, guaranteeing every participant a chance to play at least two matches.

On the boys side, none were seeded, but the boys did enjoy draws that were favorable, compared to what they could have been.

In the boys singles, Remmington Harpe received a bye, but fell in the second round to Daviess County's Kevin Wallace 6-1 6-2.  Brennan Grubb played Hancock County's Ethan Reine and lost 6-0 6-0 in the first round.  In the backdraw, Harpe was neck and neck with Hancock's Blake Garvin for the first set, before losing 7-6 (5) 6-0.  Grubb had a bit more luck, defeating Cloverport's Jimmy Hanor 6-3 6-1, in the consolation quarterfinals, before losing to Muhlenberg County's Jake Latham 6-0 6-0.

In boys doubles, the team of Matt Embry/Dakota Merrick fell in a close first round match 6-3 7-5 to Daviess County's Ross/Salamah.  Jake Phelps/Conner Reed had more luck, defeating Cloverport's Dejour/Cliburn 6-1 6-0.  They would fall in their 2nd match to the Owensboro team of Sook/Smith by the score of 2-6 6-0 1-0 (10-6).  In the meantime, Merrick/Embry faced a familiar foe in Cloverport's Simmons/Booty.  The two teams had just faced off 5 days earlier.  Though Simmons/Booty would again come up with the win, this time, Embry/Merrick would make it more competitive, losing 6-1 6-4.

On the girls side of things, the Lady Bears would fare a bit better.

In girls doubles, no Lady Bears duos were seeded, but the team of Sierra Fields/Emily Wallace showed the tournament committee they might have made a mistake in not seeding them.  Fields/Wallace dispatched Clark/Brake (Owensboro) in the first round 6-4 6-3.  In their second round match, they faced tournament #3 seed Hayden/McCormack (Catholic).  This match would go the distance too.  Catholic struck first, taking the first set 7-5, but Fields/Wallace came right back and swiped the second set 6-4.  A super tiebreaker would decide the match, with Catholic taking it by a score of 10-6.  The team of Laura Hunt/Hannah Barrow would have a tough time of it in their first round match, falling to Hancock County's Bloom/Gray by a score of 6-0 6-0.  Things would not get much better for the two in the backdraw, losing to Meffert/Sevy (Apollo) 6-1 6-0.

In girls singles, both Butler County players ended up being seeded by the tournament committee.  Chanda Hampton grabbed the #4 and Katona Dockery the #5.  Both would receive byes into the 2nd round but both also faced tests in their 2nd round matches.  Hampton defeated Catholic's Ally Delaney, despite Delaney's 2nd set rally, by a score of 6-2 6-4.  Dockery went the distance and survived three match points against her in the 2nd set tiebreak, before pulling through against Katelyn Bingham (Muhlenberg County) 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 1-0 (10-6).  In the quarterfinals, Dockery's run came to an end against tournament #1 seed Caitlin Burton of Daviess County, falling 6-1 6-1. Hampton would have an easier go of things in her quarterfinal, defeating Hancock County's Katie Bruner 6-0 6-1.  In the semifinals, Hampton would go against #2 seed Kendall Moore of Daviess County.  The heavy underdog in the match, Hampton kept things interesting and got a lot of spectators' attention in the first set, before losing it 6-4.  From there, Moore wore Hampton down and cruised to a 6-0 second set win. 

Though she lost in the semi-finals, Hampton would not be finished yet.  She returned to the OVSS on Wednesday for the 3rd place match, between the her and the other semi-final loser, #4 seed Cassidy White of Grayson County.  The match-up put two players with similar styles against each other and the result saw long, drawn-out points.  White struck first, taking the 1st set 6-2.  However, Hampton came right back and rolled through the second set, taking it 6-0.  The match would be decided by a super tiebreaker and in the tiebreaker Hampton continued the momentum she gained during the second set.  Hampton rolled out to an 8-0 lead and finished out the match four points later for a 10-2 super tiebreaker win. 

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