Victories have been in short supply the past few years for the Campbell County High School girl’s tennis team.
So when the Lady Cougars swept District 3-AAA newcomer Hardin Valley 9-0 Monday afternoon at Cove Lake State Park, there was added cause for celebration.
“This is not going to do a lot for us in the district (seeding), but it’s going to boost our confidence through the roof,” said Campbell County coach Jason Ivey.
The Lady Cougars last won a match in March 2005, when they blanked Clinton 8-0 in their district opener.
However, Campbell County likely won’t suffer such another long dry spell with a talented nucleus of underclassmen leading the way.
Sophomores Lindsey Sharp and Taylor Bailey, seeded number one and two respectively, are the spearheads of Campbell County’s attack. Sharp won 8-2 and Bailey 8-0 in singles play. The girls then joined forces for an 8-3 victory at number one doubles.
Alex Ross (8-1), Kira Dash (8-3), Hailey Mitchell (10-8) and Tiffany Roach (8-1) also won singles matches.
Ross and Dash were 8-2 winners at number two doubles. Brittany Bostic and Desree Stagnolia, two of the team’s four seniors, earned an 8-4 decision at number three doubles.
While much was expected of Sharp and Bailey coming into the season, the play of Ross and Dash, seeded third and fourth respectively, has been a pleasant surprise to their coach.
“I want the girls to gain experience playing in the district and learn from that,” said Ivey.
“Hopefully, by their senior year, they’ll be able to dominate.”
By contrast, Campbell County’s boys didn’t have much success against Hardin Valley.
Jan Reinert and Jordan McKamey won 7-2 at number two doubles for the Cougars’ only victory in a 1-8 team loss to the Hawks.
“My boys just play really, really hard,” said Ivey.
“I think my kids, especially the boys, have more heart than anybody in the district. They just don’t have the tennis facilities that schools like Oak Ridge, West and Powell have.”