July 17th, 2012

LCS.com Year In Review: Girls Tennis

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

LCS.com Year In Review: Girls Tennis
photo from kentucky.com / by Matt Goins

SHA duo repeat as state doubles champions

LouisvilleCatholicSports.com chronicles the 2011-2012 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s results in a capsule each weekday until we're finished. From Cross-Country to Softball and all sports in between, here’s what happened in 2011-2012 on the Louisville Catholic sports scene.

Sacred Heart Academy lost to eventual state tennis champs Lone Oak in the semifinals of the state team tournament. But the Valkyries did bring home their second consecutive doubles state championship victory as Caitlin Hanley, a Bellarmine University signee, and junior Katherine English defended their 2011 title.

Assumption, the 2011 state champion, was unable to defend their title as they were defeated in the 7th Region tournament by Sacred Heart.

Assumption –

Though unable to match their team championship run from 2011, the Rockets’ Abbie Mather enjoyed a strong season finishing second in the region and was selected to the 2012 All-State team.

Freshman Hallie Pennington was honored as the 7th Region’s USTA Kentucky Regional Sportsmanship Award.

Presentation Academy –

Toppers junior Kelsey O’Bryan, runner-up in the 6th Region singles tournament, was the recipient of the USTA Kentucky Regional Sportsmanship Award.

Sacred Heart Academy –

The Valkyries duo of senior Caitlin Hanley and junior Katherine English dug themselves out of a 0-1 deficit in the state tennis doubles final and rallied to defeat Notre Dame Academy's Alyssa Kennedy and Catriona Shaughnessy two sets to one. In winning their second straight state doubles championship, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, the top doubles team in the state lost their first set since their state quarterfinal match in 2011.

Hanley and English were seeded No. 1 overall and had to survive that first set scare. Hanley stated after the match that their opponents’ lob tactics gave her and English some trouble early in the match, but they made adjustments to attack that style to get the win.

Sacred Heart’s second doubles team, sophomore Mary Elaine Kuo and junior Erin MacMillan, were seeded 9th overall and lost in the state semifinals to Kennedy and Shaughnessy 6-4, 6-3.


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