April 11, 2014

North Laurel sweeps South Laurel in tennis

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — North Laurel swept South Laurel in high school tennis action Tuesday, with the girls winning, 6-3, while the boys took a 7-2 victory.

North Laurel 6, South Laurel 3 (girls)

“I’m really proud of the girls picking up this win versus South,” North Laurel coach Bobby Smith said. “We’ve had a rough start to the season, and this was a much-needed victory. South and us are pretty similar in that we each have three or four girls with experience and the rest of our girls are newcomers. Our new girls were vital for us today—we really needed them and they came through for us.”

In singles action, South Laurel’s Neha Rao rolled over North Laurel’s Pooja Kanthawar, 6-0. 6-0, one of two Lady Cardinal wins in singles action. The other was in the No. 4 seed match where Anna McCowan downed Casey Stenger, 8-3.

North Laurel took wins in the other four singles matches, as Brynna Ryle downed Savannah Durham, 8-2; Makara Prichard beat Hannah Amburgey, 8-6; Kaylee Foley over Kenzi Batchelor, 8-1, and Ifrah Hammad downed Julie-Beth Baker, 8-5.

In doubles action, the No. 1 seed match saw South’s Rao and Durham beat Kanthawar and Stenger, 8-2. North took the final two doubles matches as Ryle and Prichard downed Amburgey and McCowan, 8-4, and Foley/Hiba Khan beat Alex Davenport and Macey Campbell, 8-4.

In extra matches, Hiba Kahn (NL) beat Madison Taylor, 8-0, and Elizabeth Budderberg/Lindsey Bahia (NL) beat Lexi Carter/Sarah Martin, 5-3.

North Laurel 7, South Laurel 2 (boys)

The Jaguars were without No. 1 seed Arjun Kanthawar, but they still downed the Cardinals, 7-2.

“Arjun is out right now with an injury,” Smith said. “We hope to get him back soon, and all the guys had to step up in his absence. Overall we played pretty well in getting the victory. Really happy with Hasan’s (Salim) play today. Tonkel is a crafty lefty and a dangerous opponent. Hasan played a very good tactical match, and this was a quality win for him.” Salim downed Ben Tonkel in the No. 1 seed match, 6-1, 6-3.

In other singles action, Dakota Boggs (NL) beat Plinio Tuta, 8-0. Sammy Maggard (NL) beat Lucas Maxey, 8-2, while Gavin Gray (NL) beat Ethan Carnahan, 8-2, and Ryan Jones (NL) downed Andrew Watts, 8-0. South Laurel picked up the win in the No. 6 match as Christian Helton downed Hunter Higgins, 8-5.

North Laurel took two out of three doubles matches as Gray and Jones beat Tonkel and Carnahan, 8-5, and Boggs and Maxey over Tuta and Watts, 8-0. South took the No. 3 match as Maxey and Helton beat Higgins and Ian Boggs, 8-6. In an extra match, South’s Nathan Cummins and Parker Bond teamed to beat Usman Salim and Cade Holcomb, 8-3.