Lady Flyers hand Western Hills 7-2 loss

By LINDA Y0UNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Girls tennis is alive and well in Frankfort.

About 55 players came out for the teams at Franklin County and Western Hills this spring.

"We have a cast of thousands," FCHS coach Jeff Kell said Monday at Juniper Hill, where his team defeated the Lady Wolverines 7-2.

"Thirty-five girls signed up, and we had 25 to 30 last year," he added. "I encourage everyone to stick around. About half our team is middle schoolers. Once the word spreads, their buddies come out, and they find out it doesn't matter how good they are or how bad they are, they won't get cut."

WHHS had about 20 players sign up for the team, which was cut to the current roster of 14 players.

Using all those players can be a challenge.

"I make it a point to make sure they do (play)," Kell said. "I'll go through all the players besides the top six and make sure they have a chance to play. Some teams have 10 to 15 players, so we play some exhibitions. We try to make sure they've all played by the second or third match, and everyone has played by the fourth or fifth."

The Lady Flyers are currently 4-1 with their only loss coming to Woodford County. Junior Holly Kell is undefeated at No. 1 singles, and Kell and Jennifer Bevington are undefeated at No. 1 doubles.

Western Hills is 2-4. First-year coach Ashley Robinson has also made sure all 14 of her team members have played this year although she's pretty firm about her top six.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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