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BE's Knight making run at top seed in regional

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Tennis

By Mike Farner

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - After staying away from tennis for six months, Bullitt East junior Makaela Knight has returned to the sport with a vengeance.

    Knight has made the state tournament each of the past two seasons, but with defending state champion Lauren Kline in the same region, the Bullitt East stand-out has four her post-season route to wins limited. Now, with Kline playing in college, Knight is set to take the top spot.

    As of last week, Knight was undefeated in 14 matches and with only regional matches with South Oldham and Western Hills remaining in the regular season, she was poised to get the number one seed for the Eighth Region Tournament which will be held next week in Frankfort.

    Knight this spring has a new high school coach as former Lady Charger stand-out Britney (Linde) Orme has taken over the program.

    The scary part of other players in the Eighth Region is that Orme feels that Knight is just slowly getting back into form after the lay-off.

    “She just wanted a break and now she wants back,” the coach said before a match at home last week against Frankfort. “She is ready to play and wants to play in college so she is going to play in the off-season.”

    Orme took over a program that does not have a senior this season. While Knight will certainly make noise in the post-season, Orme thinks the team might need a little more time.

    “I guess coming in I didn’t know what to expect,” said Orme who also coaches the Bullitt East girls’ soccer program. “This group works hard and plays hard. We have made a lot of progress.”

    While Knight sports a 14-0 mark this spring, the Lady Chargers stand at 9-5 as a team.

    It is still a challenge for the local teams to take on the powerful Oldham County squads.

    “Our number one doubles team gave those teams some close matches,” Orme said. “I feel like that team can play with those teams. Shelby County is strong this year also.”

    The second singles player that will compete in the regional tournament next week will be sophomore Megan Figg.

    The number one doubles team is made up of juniors Allison Murphy and Kaylan Ware. The second doubles squad includes foreign exchange student Eva Garolera, from Spain, and sophomore Jenna Nidiffer.

    During the regular season matches, Emily Gentry has played in the number three singles spot most of the time. Both Riley Vancelette and foreign exchange student Darja Herbet, from Germany, have also played in that spot.

    Orme has 13 girls in the program and will return 11 next year as she loses only the two foreign exchange students.