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Georgetown College is once again playing host to the prestigious ITA Regional Tennis Tournament and despite a brief break for rain, Thursday was action packed with matches going all day.
For the Tigers, seven players are still in action – one guy and six women.
Every women's doubles team advanced to the Round of 16 to start 8 am Friday morning, while two singles also advanced to face each other when that portion of the tournament restarts at 11 am.
Georgetown will be buzzing with tennis action the next several days as the exciting ITA Regional Tournament returns. Georgetown College serves as the host site once again and will be using both the Lackey Tennis Center and the Scott County High School courts.
Thursday the men's draw will be played at East Campus, while the women are at the high school. Action starts promptly at 8 am with doubles and around noon for singles. Roughly 60 men's and 45 women's matches are needed to be played on opening day.
In the men's draw, the returning singles champion from Lindsey Wilson will be back to defend his title as well as the women's champion from University of the Cumberlands.
Georgetown College tennis will be hosting a ball kid clinic as part of its preparation for participation at the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Tournament July 21-26 at Hilary J. Boone Tennis Facility on the University of Kentucky campus. The clinic will be 8 pm Wednesday, July 17 at Georgetown College and Georgetown Tennis Association is also helping with this event.
"This past year we did the serving cage at the tournament, which we will be doing again," said Tiger coach Jessica Cunningham. "But it is exciting to add this clinic as well to hopefully get some of the younger kids involved in working with the tournament as ball kids and being exposed to that type of caliber tennis. We will teach them the proper places to kneel and stand and the protocol for helping the matches move smoothly."
Georgetown College's Chris Bartlett and Haley Hart earned the Mid-South Conference Champion of Character awards for men's and women's tennis respectively Thursday night during the league's banquet. Hart was also honored as first-team all-conference, while Jacqueline Otis and Kelly Swanson earned honorable mention. Gustavo Echeverria earned All-MSC honorable mention for the men. Hart, Natalie Hill, Emily Krick and Shelby Eden were named to the women's All-Academic team; while Bartlett and Ryne Least were recognized on the men's side.
Outdoor sports have to deal with weather conditions, adjusting at times to the wind. Friday, on Senior Day, Georgetown College's men's and women's tennis dealt with some fierce wind and almost knocked off visiting Campbellsville University.
The women trailed early, 2-1, after doubles, but once again found themselves in the heat of a match with a top 25 team. Jacqueline Otis' win in the singles made it interesting, but the Tigers eventually fell 5-4 in the team competition. Georgetown's three Mid-South Conference losses are all to teams in the coaches' poll and two of them come at a 5-4 score.