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TENNIS

June 4, 2007

More upsets in early rounds of Joe Creason tourney

By NATHAN CHAMBERS
BeyondTheDerby.com

Two unseeded singles players pulled off upsets on Monday to move into the quarterfinals of the Joe Creason Kentucky State Qualifier.

Henderson resident Kaitlyn Thompson whipped fifth-seeded Lexington resident Jessica Ann Morris in the Girls 18 Singles round of 16, winning 6-1, 6-0 at Seneca Park. In the Girls 16 Singles round of 16, Louisville resident Julia Eitel outlasted fifth-seeded Paducah resident Hannah Hagan to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at Seneca Park.

Three other players lost to lower seeds on Monday. Ninth-seeded Louisa resident Nathan Martin beat fifth-seeded Louisville resident William Apperson 6-2, 7-6(6) in the Boys 16 Singles round of 16 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park; ninth-seeded Louisville resident Christopher Bartlett rallied for a 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Louisville resident Paul Eager in the Boys 14 Singles round of 16 at Kentucky Country Day; and ninth-seeded Paducah resident Katie Hagan beat fifth-seeded Frankfort resident Lauren Doll 6-2, 6-1 in the Girls 14 singles round of 16 at Sacred Heart Academy.

There were no other upsets in the matches reported on the tournament’s Web site, although several results had not been posted as of 11 p.m.

Of the 18 divisions still in action, three finals are scheduled to be played on Tuesday. The marquee match is the Girls 18 Doubles final, which will feature the top-seeded duo of Lexington resident Emily Carbone and Prospect resident Lauren Kline and the second-seeded tandem of Lexington’s Meritt Emery and Louisville’s Emily Mallory. They will meet at 2 p.m. at Seneca Park.

In the Girls 12 Doubles final, the top-seeded team of Lexington resident Juliana Cardi and Ashland resident Kennedy Womack will play the second-seeded team of Louisville residents Gabrielle Gerlach and Abbie Mather at 2 p.m. at KCD. The Boys 12 Doubles final is slated for 3 p.m. at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, but semifinal results were not available.

The Joe Creason Kentucky State Qualifier, which annually attracts the top state’s top junior players to Louisville, is a qualifier for the Southern Closed Championships.