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Tennis teams serve up at regionals

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By Matt Birkholtz

First-year programs work to get credibility and to sustain success for the future.

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For the Williamstown and Grant County tennis programs, the experience of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Regional Tennis meet May 16 in Frankfort, proved there is going to be baby steps before success at the regional level.

Grant County senior Zach Bolen was the only tennis player from either program to advance to the second round of the tournament, but the experience of the athletes at the tournament proved to be educational for Williamstown coach Sean Binder and Grant County coach Corbin Brown.

“I think it was a good experience for the program in its first full year,” Binder said. “It showed the girls where they need to be as a competitive program in the future.”

For Bolen it was a fun experience to be a part of the tennis program his senior year.

“It was an awarding experience, as well as a challenging obstacle,” he said. “It will be one of my greatest memories as a senior.”

With the experience of the programs and getting a year under their belt and even though only Bolen advanced in the regional tournament, Nicole Giesbers and Sarah Hicks learned and stuck it out in the first round of the doubles match, forcing a tie-breaker against Gallatin County. Even though they lost the tie-breaker, Binder said it was a strong effort on their part.

“It showed they were hanging in there and never gave up,” he said. “I expect them to improve on that next season.”