By Kyle Lovern
GOODY, Ky. - Belfry Tennis Coach Alex Chandler is proud of the success it had in its inaugural year.
“The season started with several players who had never played tennis, as well as many players never having played competitive tennis,” Chandler said. “The first weeks of practice were often interrupted by poor weather and limited access to tennis courts for practice. But despite all the reasons Belfry Tennis could have been limited this year, our players chose to excel instead.”
“At the end of the season, we are proud to say our record this year was 7 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie,” Chandler added. “Our boys’ team was especially strong, picking up victories against teams like Pike Central, Knott County, Letcher Central, Prestonsburg, Sheldon Clark, and Paintsville.”
“Our performance at the regional tournament was encouraging. Most of our teams advanced to the second or third round before being defeated. Our number one boys single, Nick McNamee, however, advanced to the semi-final,” Chandler said. McNamee beat the singles players from Johnson Central and Morgan County to advance to the semi-finals where he faced the number one boy from Lawrence County. McNamee was defeated 6-0, 6-0 in that final match, but having made it to the semi-final round he was automatically qualified for state.
The entire Belfry Tennis team will be traveling with McNamee this Wednesday to watch him play this Thursday at UK.
“The team is energized by the fact that one of our players made it to state in our first year,” Chandler concluded. “Given that many of our players are sophomores or younger, Belfry’s tennis team is likely to be competitive in the coming years. We are excited by our initial success and eager to see what the next few seasons will bring for our program.”
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)