June 12th, 2013

Cox, Singerman take CSAA Tennis titles

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Cox, Singerman take CSAA Tennis titles
Senior division champion Drew Singerman from Our Lady of Lourdes preps a forehand / photo by Clay Bollinger

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By Clay Bollinger

The 2013 CSAA tennis championships were held Wednesday at Mercy Academy. Three days of serves, forehands, volleys and backhands were concluded on the hottest day of the summer to date. At one point, tournament officials reported a heat index of 97 degrees, but plenty of water was available for the competitors chasing city championships.

Girls’ CSAA Championships

Caroline Cox of Sacred Heart Model School, who will be attending Louisville Collegiate next year, defeated Model School classmate Kailey King 6-1, 6-1. 

“I played really well and I have won it four years in a row now, so that’s pretty cool,” said Cox, the senior girls’ champion. King was very complementary of her classmate saying, “She played a great match and I wasn’t expecting much since I’ve been runner-up for the past five years.”

In the third-place match, Samantha Higgins of Holy Spirit defeated Natalie Beckman of Sacred Heart Model School 6-1, 6-2.

Ella Rueff of Holy Spirit was declared the junior girls’ division champion by default once Natalie Chou was forced to withdraw due to injury.

St. Gabriel’s Anna Littlefield finished third after beating Callie Birk from St. Patrick in the third-place match 6-1, 6-3.

Boys’ CSAA Championships

Drew Singerman of Our Lady of Lourdes won the senior division by defeating Holy Spirit’s Sam Rueff 6-3, 6-0. Singerman is rated a 5-star player and ranked No. 70 in the nation for his class, according to one tennis ranking website and will be attending St. Xavier this fall. On his championship winning performance, Drew said, “I think I did pretty good, but it felt like it’s over 100, so it’s good to come out with a win.”

Our Lady of Lourdes won the senior team championship and as an eighth-grader finishing his career with the Bearcats, Singerman said, “Our school has always done well in this tournament, so it was a great accomplishment to finish with this championship.”

Singerman plans to play in the Southerns, a regional AAU tennis tournament, in Macon, Ga. next week.

Preston Cameron of St. Albert claimed third place by defeating Adam Hardin of St. Patrick 7-6, 6-3.

In the junior boys’ division, Blake Theriot of St. Patrick beat Holy Trinity’s Bo Bush 6-4, 6-1.

Joey Keal from Holy Trinity finished third by default after Grant Largen of St. Michael withdrew from the tournament following his semifinal loss. Keal and runner-up Bush staged a two-hour marathon in the 90-plus degree heat in one semifinal. Bush won the three set match 2-1.

Holy Trinity won the junior boys’ division championship. In addition to Keal and Bush, the Holy Trinity team included Nathan Hernandez and George Bucheit. 

 

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