July 10th, 2014

Year in Review: Girls' Tennis

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Year in Review: Girls' Tennis
The Valkyries celebrating with their trophy / photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2013-14 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished.

Assumption

Twins Carolyn and Kelly Morris shocked Sacred Heart’s Mary Elaine Kuo and Ashley Hammons in the first round of the doubles state tournament 2-6, 7-6, 11-9. The twins fell in the second round. No other Rockets made it further in the state tournament.

Sacred Heart

After going five years without a state title, Sacred Heart won their second straight team state title. And, just like last year, Abbey MacMillan was the one who saved the day.

MacMillan’s 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over McCracken County’s Madelyn Kauffman at the Lexington Tennis Club gave the Valkyries a 3-2 win for their second consecutive title.

“I think she looked over at Caroline (Walter) when she was down 5-2,” Sacred Heart head coach Jacob McGill said. “It was between a point or a break in between play, and Caroline fought and fought to get a point because her team is so important to her. Abbey saw it and just turned it around.”

Last year MacMillan’s thrilling win over Lone Oak’s (now McCracken County) McKenna Garneau in the final match gave the Valkyries their first team tennis state title since 2008.

“I honestly looked over at my teammates and told myself that I could not give up,” an emotional MacMillan said. “I had to do it for these girls. I knew I had to do it. This was also my last match at Sacred Heart. I’m just so happy right now. It’s unbelievable that we could do it two times in a row. It’s surreal.”

MacMillan had to fight this year. The senior trailed Kauffman 5-2 with the match tied 2-2, meaning if Kauffman won, so would McCracken County.

When MacMillan got her final point, her teammates swarmed her and the tears started streaming as they celebrated Sacred Heart’s ninth team tennis state title.

The Valkyries dominated the doubles competition as Mary Elaine Kuo and Ashley Hammons defeated McKenna Garneau and Mackensie Ellerman 6-0, 6-0 and Ashlyn Roberts and Natalie Dahlem beat Mesa Trimm and Sophia Shiben 6-1, 6-1.

But they struggled in the singles competition as McCracken County’sTaylor Sprouse defeated Madeline Wagner 6-0, 6-1 and her teammate Michelle McKamey defeated Caroline Walter at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-3

 

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