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Some Graves Co. Eagles advance to KHSAA State Tennis Tournament

Pictured, from left, are Xavier Brickeen, Emily Whitnell, and Ben Mathis. (Source: Graves Co. Schools) Pictured, from left, are Xavier Brickeen, Emily Whitnell, and Ben Mathis. (Source: Graves Co. Schools)
GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association 1st Region Tennis Tournament semifinals took place on Tuesday, May 5 at Lone Oak Tennis Center.

Two Eagle teams entered the day against seeded McCracken County players.

The outcomes were the same as Xavier Brickeen, Emily Whitnell and Ben Mathis lost their bids to advance to the regional final match. However, all three participants will advance to the KHSAA State Tennis Tournament in Lexington, May 14, 15 and 16.

Number 3 seed Emily Whitnell played the #2 seed Taylor Sprouse.

Whitnell lost 6-0, 6-0 but the match was much closer than the final score.

Ben Mathis and Xavier Brickeen played #1 seed Tommy Hagan and Logan McKinney.

The Eagle duo fought valiantly but lost by a 6-0, 6-0 score.

At the conclusion of play on Tuesday, Graves County's Ben Mathis was awarded the boy's Sportsmanship Award for the 2015 Regional Tennis Tournament. This is given to a player who exhibits the best sportsmanship throughout the tournament as voted on by the regional coaches.

Coach Whitnell commented, 

"I am so proud of all of our student/athletes," Coach Whitnell said. "Ben and Xavier played well together and advanced in a very difficult bracket. I think that they were upset that they didn't get seeded. They used that as motivation and proved that they deserved the recognition. Emily was still a little sore from her match on Saturday. She fought through the discomfort like a true champion."

Regionals continue on Wednesday at Lone Oak Tennis Center at 4 p.m.

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