KCHS girls tennis team, doubles duo, repeat at state

Knoxville Catholic High School’s girls tennis team posted two repeats May 23-26 at the state tournament in Murfreesboro as sisters Erin and Sara Allen won their second straight doubles title and the team itself won a second consecutive championship.

Defending champions Erin, a senior, and Sara, a sophomore, won by default in the state quarterfinals.

They swept a duo from Middle Tennessee Christian School 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals and won both sets in the championship game 6-2, 6-2 over a Greeneville pair.

Notre Dame High School’s Bowie Strozak and Sarah Faith Ingell, both seniors, defeated a Dyersburg twosome 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals before falling to the Greeneville duo in the semifinals.

In the team tournament, KCHS blanked Chattanooga Christian 4-0 in the championship match.

All the wins were in straight sets: Erin Allen won 6-2, 6-0; Sara Myers triumphed 6-1, 6-0; Julia Newman prevailed 6-3, 7-5; and Sara Allen was victorious 6-2, 6-1.

The Lady Irish shut out MTCS 4-0 in the state semifinals. Erin Allen won 6-0, 6-1, while Newman recorded a 6-0, 6-4 victory. Sara Allen swept her match 6-1, 6-1, and Keileen Cullen rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win.

In boys tennis, KCHS’s Jacob Lorino – the 2015 singles champion – fell 7-5, 6-4 in the championship game this spring against David Skrabut of Page High School. Lorino won 6-2, 7-6 in the semifinals against a Trinity Christian player and triumphed 6-0, 7-5 in the quarterfinals over an MTCS opponent.

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