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!
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!
The Tiger Tennis team opened up its season Saturday in Lexington, hoping to add a 7th straight State Championship, by defeating the 2nd ranked team from Henry Clay 5-0. Leading the way was reigning State Singles Champion Brandon Lancaster. Teammates Drew Singerman and Matt Graft also picked up wins in singles. Senior Ben Gornet and Freshman Preston Cameron won a big doubles match on Court 1 and Patrick Koshewa and Kamron Akrami won on Court 2 doubles.
In a JV match, Alex Kopf-Moore won his singles match in a super breaker. The Tennis team hosts the Kentucky Dual this Saturday.
The Iron Tiger Powerlifting team won the 2015 Kentucky State Push-Pull Championship in both the Varsity and JV divisions. The Varsity team, which placed 10 lifters in the top 5, was led by state champions Grant LeNeave, Carter Mattingly, Joseph Fisher and runner up Christian Tippel. The JV team, which placed 19 lifters in the top 5, was led by state champions Clay Fitzhugh, Christian Tobbe, Evan Davis, Chase Carpenter and runner ups Cameron Harp, Sean McGarry, Nick Ford, Bryce Gittings, Ben Bell. Chase Carpenter also broke two St. X records.