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Tiger Tennis heads to Lexington for State

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Today ten members of the tennis team will head to Lexington to compete for the 2015 KHSAA Tennis Championship. The Tigers are looking to win their 7th straight state team championship and 24th overall. The draws were posted earlier Monday and the Tigers have already began to strategize. One seed, Brandon Lancaster headlines the very talented singles draw while four seed, Drew Singerman will look to make it to his first finals appearance. Last year, Drew lost to eventual runner-up Austin Hussey from Covington Catholic in the semi-finals.

Brandon Lancaster defeated Austin Hussey last year in the championship 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 in a grueling match. Lancaster comes into the tournament as the favorite and will be looking to add another piece of hardware.

On the doubles side, duo Matt Graft and Kamron Akrami look to hand out massive beatdowns in their doubles matches. Graft and Akrami enter the tournament as one seeds. Last year, Matt Graft picked up his first doubles state championship with partner Nick Waldeck, who decided not to join the team this year. Ben Gornet and Preston Cameron come in as the three seeds with the ability to upset a few other teams. Gornet and Cameron pride themselves off a strong serve and put away volley. If these two get hot this week, that could mean trouble for the rest of the draw.

If you missed the draws check them out here!!

In the state team semi-finals the Tigers will play last year’s runner-up McCracken County. Provided the Tigers win, they will face the winner of Covington Catholic versus Ashland Blazer. Only 10 Tigers are eligible to participate this week in the team state play. Those who qualified are:

1. Brandon Lancaster
2. Drew Singerman
3. Matt Graft
4. Kamron Akrami
5. Ben Gornet
6. Preston Cameron
7. Spencer Blandford
8. Patrick Koshewa
9. Adam Hardin
10. Andy Keal

These ten players have worked hard this year along with the rest of the team to be in this position. There will be little to no room for error this weekend as the Tigers compete for various championships. We invite EVERYONE out to the Team Championship (provided they win in the Semi-finals) on Friday at 6:30 at UK! Come and watch the Tigers capture its seventh straight championship hopefully!

Tiger Tennis wins Regionals and Sectionals

Tiger Tennis took care of business this weekend. | Photo by Adam Hardin

Tiger Tennis took care of business this weekend. | Photo by Steve Hardin

This week the Tigers competed in sectional and regional play. Juniors Matt Graft and Kamron Akrami won the doubles regional championship, while teammate Brandon Lancaster won the singles championship in dominating fashion. Lancaster dropped only 2 games during the entire tournament! The Tigers easily won their region and punched their ticket into the state tournament.

The Tigers also traveled to Elizabethtown this weekend to compete in sectionals at Freeman Lake. The Tigers were able to win sectionals without any issues to put them in the Final Four for state play.

Due to KHSAA tennis rules, after three matches are won by one team, all other matches are stopped. Here are the results from Saturday’s sectionals:

Round of 16 versus North Oldham (In order of finish)
1) Brandon Lancaster won 6-0, 6-0
2) Adam Hardin/Andy Keal won 6-1, 6-0
3) Drew Singerman won 6-0, 6-0

Elite Eight versus Trinity (In order of finish)
1) Brandon Lancaster won 6-0, 6-1
2) Matt Graft won 6-0, 6-0
3) Drew Singerman won 6-0, 6-0

Watch Drew Singerman’s match point to clinch the match vs Trinity! (HD!)

Senior Brandon Lancaster and sophomore Drew Singerman are red hot coming into tournament play. Lancaster appears to be one of the favorites heading into this weekend and he will be looking to capture his second straight state singles championship. Head Coach Kerry Lancaster has had his team working hard all season to prepare for this upcoming week. Next week the Tigers will travel to Lexington, KY to play for their 7th straight state title and 24th overall!

Go Tigers! We Are!

Preview: Tiger Tennis takes on Trinity

Photo by Clay Bollinger

Photo by Clay Bollinger

As the season comes to an end, the Tigers will say goodbye to two successful seniors, Brandon Lancaster and Ben Gornet. Brandon Lancaster will play in his final home match after coming off a singles state title last year. Also, senior Ben Gornet will say goodbye to the tennis program. Ben Gornet will be looking to add a doubles state title along with 3, if not 4 state team titles with him this year.

The Tigers have currently won 6 state titles in a row and winning state this year would tie for the longest winning streak of state team titles, breaking the old record of 7, which was set by the Tigers back from 1996-2002. Brandon Lancaster, currently a 5 star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.com, will attend the University of Louisville to continue his tennis career at the collegiate level.

Brandon is also one of the favorites to capture the 2015 state singles title again this season. Here’s what you need to know for the showdown Thursday night…

Things to watch:
1. Total Domination over Trinity– The Tigers defeated the Rocks earlier in the year 15-1, and beat the Rocks 16-0 last year. The tennis team will put a beatdown on the Rocks Thursday night.

2. Tigers Energy– Coach Lancaster’s goal this year has been to get as much energy out of his team he can get. He has repeatedly said he wants “black and blue tennis”. The Tigers will feed off a rage cage immensely tomorrow night.

3. Flawless Doubles– Coach Lancaster and Trinity coach Chris Mather have agreed to play only doubles in the matches at 4,6, and 8pm on Thursday. The Tigers have been known for their fundamentally flawless doubles. Last year, Matt Graft and Nick Waldeck picked up the state doubles title.

Why should you come?
1. Free food, drinks and admission– What could be better than watching your school destroy its rival while munching on a sloppy joe and drinking a coke. You will be able to see college-level tennis from the Tigers for free!

2. First ever Senior Night– Coach Lancaster will bring out the speaker and the Tigers will celebrate its two seniors for the first time ever.

3. Did we say free food?

Check out this tweet from Erick Sakaguchi…

The Rocks last won a state title in 2006 have only won 5 five tennis team championships. While the Tigers have racked up an astounding 23 which puts them well ahead of the 2nd place team, which is the Rocks. 23>5 

Represent your school and come to the Tigers’ tennis matches tomorrow versus Trinity at 4, 6, and 8 p.m.! Come after your long practice for free food too! Help us honor our seniors and cheer the Tigers on!

Tiger Tennis: Lexington (OH) Tournament

Drew Singerman | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Drew Singerman | Photo by Clay Bollinger

This weekend, Tiger Tennis traveled up to Lexington, Ohio for a highly competitive tournament. The team captured a share of First Place as well as many other individual wins.

The format for the tournament was 1 singles and 3 doubles. Here are the results from this weekend:

#1 Singles

Elite 8: Brandon Lancaster wins 8-0
Final 4: Drew Singerman wins 8-3
Finals: Brandon Lancaster loses 6-1, 6-2

#1 Doubles

Elite 8: Graft/Akrami win 8-3
Final 4: Graft/Akrami win 8-2
Finals: Graft/Akrami lose 8-5

#2 Doubles

Elite 8: Cameron/Gornet win 8-3
Final 4: Cameron/Gornet win 8-3
Finals: Singerman/Gornet win 8-4

#3 Doubles

Elite 8: Blandford/Koshewa win 8-2
Final 4: Blandford/Koshewa win 8-1
Finals: Blandford/Koshewa win 8-6

Recap: The St. X Tennis Jamboree

Huge group of Former Tigers gathered to watch the 2015 Tiger Tennis Team | WSTX Sports File Photo

Huge group of Former Tigers gathered to watch the 2015 Tiger Tennis Team | WSTX Sports File Photo

This weekend in the 2015 Saint X Tennis Jamboree, the Tigers went 4-0 with wins over Centerville, Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA), Wyoming, and Lexington (OH). On Friday night the Tigers held its first ever Alumni Night to celebrate the many years of success and tradition. Coach Lancaster even brought out the American flag for the special occasion to sing the National Anthem. Here are the results from this weekend:

Friday: Tiger Tennis 9 Centerville 0

Singles:

#1 Brandon Lancaster won 6-1, 6-0
#2 Drew Singerman won 6-1, 6-0
#3 Matt Graft won 6-0, 6-0
#4 Kamron Akrami won 6-1, 6-2
#5 Spencer Blandford won 6-1, 6-1
#6 Preston Cameron won 6-3, 6-1

Doubles:

#1 Lancaster/Singerman won 8-3
#2 Graft/Akrami won 8-1
#3 Hardin/Cameron won 8-1

Saturday: Tiger Tennis 5 MBA 4

Singles:

#1 Drew Singerman won 7-5, 6-1
#2 Matt Graft won 6-1, 6-3
#3 MBA won 6-1, 6-3
#4 Preston Cameron won 6-4, 6-0
#5 Adam Hardin won 7-6(2), 1-6, 11-9
#6 MBA won 6-3, 6-1

Doubles:

#1 Graft/Akrami won 8-4
#2 MBA won 8-2
#3 MBA won 8-5

Saturday Night: Tiger Tennis 9 Wyoming 0

Singles:

#1 Brandon Lancaster won 6-1, 6-0
#2 Kamron Akrami won 4-6, 7-5, 10-7
#3 Patrick Koshewa won 6-0, 6-4
#4 Adi Dixit won 6-4, 6-3
#5 Andy Keal won 2-6, 6-4, 10-7
#6 Christian Reid won 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-6

Doubles:

#1 Graft/Akrami won 8-3
#2 Koshewa/Cameron won 8-2
#3 Stuckert/Kopf-Moore won 8-4

Sunday Morning: Tiger Tennis 9 Lexington (OH) 0

Singles:

#1 Brandon Lancaster won 6-4, 6-1
#2 Drew Singerman won 6-0, 6-1
#3 Matt Graft won 6-0, 6-1
#4 Kamron Akrami won 6-3, 6-0
#5 Preston Cameron won 6-0, 6-0
#6 Andy Keal won 6-3, 6-1

Doubles:

#1 Graft/Akrami won 8-3
#2 Hardin/Cameron won 8-4
#3 Dixit/Stuckert won 6-1, 6-1