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Morgan/East share EKC boys' tennis title, East wins 1st girls crown

June 29, 2014
By Brad Laux of 1016sports

Wednesday, Apr. 23 -- Morgan County and East Carter tied for the boys’ team title with each scoring eight points in Wednesday’s second day of action in the six-team Eastern Kentucky Conference Tennis Tournament at Morehead State University. It was the Raiders’ first-ever EKC championship, while the Cougars claimed their first title under longtime coach Addison Whitt.

Lewis County finished third with six points, followed by Rowan County, Raceland and West Carter.

Morgan County won the boys’ doubles crown with the Cougars’ second team of seniors Ryan Steele and Connor McKenzie earning a 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 victory over Morgan’s top pair of Ashton Whitt and James Elam. The victorious duo also defeated Lewis County’s No. 1 team of Michael Ruark and Colton Thayer 8-1 in the semifinals.

Lewis County’s Brad Curtis defeated East Carter’s Jonathan Seagraves 5-7, 6-3, (11-9 tiebreaker) to capture the boys’ singles’ crown. Curtis fell in the opening round of last year’s singles competition to eventual champion Chase Waddell of Raceland. Seagraves advanced to the semifinals in singles in 2013, before also falling to Waddell 8-1.

East Carter captured its first-ever girls’ team crown with nine points after Lady Raiders’ senior Amber Hall and eighth-grader Makenzie Hayes captured the doubles title with a 6-0, 6-7 (10-3 tiebreaker) victory over Morgan County’s Ashton Jones and Abby LeMaster.

At last year’s event, Hayes teamed with Sarah Hall and advanced to the quarterfinals. Amber Hall and sophomore Emily Porter paired together as East Carter’s No. 1 doubles squad last year and dropped its opening-round match.

On Wednesday, Porter defeated Rowan County senior Alexandra Northcutt 6-1, 6-2 in the finals to take the girls’ singles’ title. It was the first time a Lady Raider had ever won an individual singles or doubles EKC crown. Porter cruised through the tournament, dropping only three games over the two days.

Rowan County finished as the team runner-up with seven points, while Morgan County was third with five points. Raceland and Lewis tied for fourth, with West Carter finishing sixth. There were no repeat individual or team champions from last year.

Results:  To come.

Pre-game notes:  The Eastern Kentucky Conference Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Championships will conclude today, with finals action slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Morehead State University Tennis Courts in Morehead. Titles are on the line in singles, doubles and team competitions. Rowan County, Morgan County and East Carter remain alive in girls’ action; while Morgan County, Lewis County and East Carter are still vying for titles on the boys’ side. Russell’s girls are the defending singles, doubles and team champions. Raceland's Chase Waddell won last year’s boys’ singles title, while Rowan County's Danny Brummer and Bryce Kidd captured the doubles crown and its first team championship since 2006.

See Videos: East Carter sophomore singles player Emily Porter, East Carter interim head coach Dustin Everman, Morgan County senior doubles team Ryan Steele and Connor McKenzie, Morgan County coach Addison Whitt.

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