Western Hills on a roll

Wolverines beat Bullitt East as 8th Region tourney looms

By Nate Parsons Published:

Western Hills has put together quite an impressive season on the tennis courts.

Behind three super-tiebreaker wins, WHHS beat Bullitt East 4-1 Thursday night at WHHS.

With three regular-season matches left, the Wolverines (8-4) are sitting pretty heading into the 2014 8th Region Tournament in two weeks.

“We matched up with a team that’s pretty even with us,” WHHS coach Eric Shields said of the Chargers (8-3).

“Pretty pleased with where we’ve been. We’ve lost a couple of close ones and gotten beat by a couple of teams that are really strong, but we’ve also won a couple of close ones. Things have been going pretty well.”

Especially for sophomore Henry Collett at first singles, who easily beat senior Hunter Norris 6-1, 6-1.

“Henry played about what I thought he would. He’s a really strong player,” Shields said of Collett, who was a state qualifier last season. “The score was 6-1, 6-1, but it was closer than that. The other guy is a very strong player, one of the top players in the region.

“Henry’s having a great season. His only loss has been to the two-time defending regional champion, so he’s playing really, really well.”

Also winning at singles for WHHS was sixth-grader Palmer Collett, who won on a super-tiebreaker at third singles, edging sophomore Nick Starkey 4-6, 6-2, 10-7.

“He struggled in the first set, won the second pretty easily, then played really well in the super-tiebreak,” Shields said.

The Wolverines won both doubles matches by super-tiebreaker.

At first doubles, the duo of senior Jake Caudle and Cameron Kenner rallied past the tandem of senior Phillip Burress and Zach Marleh 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-2. Then at second doubles, the team of senior Felix Lopez and junior Andrew Bates held on for a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-4 win over the pair of seniors Dylan Hooper and Will Brown.

“Both doubles teams really struggled in the second sets, but fought back,” Shields said.
“We’ve been up and down at doubles for most of the season, but the last week or two, I feel like they’ve really come on and played together.”

The only loss of the night for WHHS was at second singles where junior Will Grasch fell to sophomore Jacob Staples 6-2, 6-0.

“Will came up against a guy that played really smart tennis,” Shields said. “He sliced a lot, he moved the ball around a lot and forced Will into a lot of errors.”

WHHS will compete in the John Harnice Inviational Saturday at Franklin County High School.

 

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