Merchant falls in Harnice final

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Franklin County senior Tyler Merchant fared best of the local athletes Saturday in the John Harnice Memorial Tennis Tournament, advancing to the singles final before falling to top seeded Jarrod Carroll.

Carroll, of Corbin High School, knocked off Merchant in the championship game 6-2, 6-2.

Corbin repeated as team champs, earning 11 points, followed by Woodford County with six.

Franklin County finished third with five points. Shelby County was next with four points and Middlesboro ended up with three. Frankfort High won just one match, an opening-round singles victory from Thomas Sachtler. Western Hills was shut out with no points.

The John Harnice Memorial Tournament is hosted annually by the Franklin County boys tennis team and head coach Terry Johnson.

Merchant, seeded second, survived an exciting semifinal match against third-seeded Barrett Freeman of Corbin. Merchant rallied in a third-set tiebreaker to win that one 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).

"We just kept on holding serve," said Merchant of the semis. "If one of us broke, the other broke right back. It was a great match with a lot of long points."

For more on this story, see Sunday's State Journal.

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