Doubles team seeking top seed

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County High School boys doubles team of Seth Barnes and Hank Whalen won a couple of big matches over the past couple of weeks and are looking to improve their chances in the coming Regional Tennis Tournament in two weeks.

Barnes and Whalen were defeated earlier in the year by the Bourbon County duo of Jett Glass and Jordan Evans for their only defeat of the regular season. But last Thursday, the two Harrison County seniors redeemed themselves with a victory of their own over their Bourbon County foeskind of.

Instead of Evans teaming with Glass, Bourbon opted to pair Taylor Osborne with Glass. As a result, Barnes and Whalen rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 win.

With a big match looming against Montgomery Countys top doubles team of Manning and Thornberry on Friday, May 2, the top seed in the boys doubles bracket of the regional tournament (May 12 thru May 16 at Georgetown College) is somewhat still up in the air.

I really believe that Seth and Hank can win the doubles title in the regional, said HCHS coach Jennifer Hatfield on Tuesday. At the very least, if they play up to their abilities, they should qualify for the state tournament in Lexington.

According to Hatfield, decision-making by Bourbon County will go a long way in determining her teams fate.

If Glass and Evans are paired together as regional entrants, they will undoubtedly get the top seed as they have not lost a match this year in regional play. But there is the chance that they may decide to play one of them in the singles bracket. If that happens, then Seth and Hank should get the No. 1 seed. Even if Glass and Evans play together, if our guys beat the Montgomery County team later, we should get the No. 2 seed, which would put us in opposite brackets from them.

As far as the entire Breds and Fillies teams are concerned, Coach Hatfield is well pleased with how they have improved this year.

Both teams have really gotten better as the season has progressed, said Hatfield, who is in her third year as the head coach. Im really proud of both teams. We only had three or four days of practice outside before the season began, but both teams have utilized their time wisely and have really improved. I think both teams are really looking forward to competing in the regional tournament.

On Thursday, the teams will meeting Pendleton County on the Hilltop.

Fridays match will be a home tri-team event with Montgomery County and Highlands.