Eagle tennis has experience, but still seeks wins

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Boys' Tennis: North Bullitt

By Mike Farner

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The North Bullitt boys’ tennis team hasn’t picked up a lot of victories so far this season, but coach Monica Clark’s team is close to putting it all together.

Part of the problem this spring is that some of the team members are also involved in other sports - mainly baseball. Some play for the Eagle diamond team while others are in local leagues

One player devoted full-time to the tennis team this spring is sophomore Matt Bloom. He often plays in the number one singles spot, although, Clark is hoping that the schedules work-out where he can once again team with fellow sophomore T.J. Barr to be the top North Bullitt doubles team in the post-season.

Bloom and Barr had played in the regional tournament as a team since they were in the sixth grade. Now, Barr is splitting time between baseball and tennis which means that Bloom switches between singles and doubles.

In a match on Friday against Bullitt East, Bloom was in singles while senior Jake Compton was at number two singles. The third singles court was manned by sophomore Sam Druin.

Because Barr was with the baseball team, the number one doubles team on Friday was made up of junior Steven Jesse and eighth-grader Isaac Heines who are both first-year players in Clark’s program. The number two doubles team was made up of sophomores Dylan Crenshaw and Zach Campamoar.

Senior George Campamoar is also part of the program as Clark as ten players on the team.

Against Bullitt East on Friday, the Eagles suffered their second loss of the season to the Chargers. This time the final score was 4-1 with the only North Bullitt win going to Druin as he beat Thomas Boykin 7-6, 2-1 (retired).

In singles, Bullitt East senior Shane Milburn beat Bloom 6-4, 7-5 while Bullitt East’s number two, Matt Phipps, beat Compton 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, the Chargers’ Christian St. John and Dalton Sego beat Heines and Jesse 6-1, 6-1. Bullitt East also won the number two doubles court 6-3, 6-1 with Davide Fellini and Justin Warren beat Crenshaw and Zach Campamoar.

Clark says that only about four of her players compete in tennis outside of the high school season.

“My first year here I was fortunate to have several seniors who had played for a while and they played year-round,” Clark said as this is her third-season as the head coach. That was my strongest team because of the upperclassmen. It was a solid group.

“Last year and this year the teams have been about equal,” she added. ‘We didn’t lose anybody from a year ago.”

The team is still in flux as to having a line-up for the regional tournament.

“Last year Matt and T.J. played doubles because it was just so tough in singles,” Clark said, referring to South Oldham’s Eric Quigley who won four straight regional and state titles. “It was easier to advance in doubles than singles.

“This year it is more hit and miss,” the coach said. “A lot of it will depend on T.J.’s schedule. It will also just depend on the make-up of the rest of the team.”

North Bullitt does have a win over Spencer County this season by a 3-2 count. The team has also lost to Bullitt East twice as well as falling to Franklin County and Central Hardin.

Other Tennis

In other tennis action last week, Bullitt East did lose for the first time this spring. Coach Dustin Armstrong’s squad fell to both Western Hills and Anderson County, regional foes, by 4-1 counts.

Against Anderson County, Milburn pulled out the team’s only win as he defeated Zack Allen 6-3, 6-4. Milburn had a much tougher match on Thursday as he took on Andrew Howard, one of the top two players in the region this season. Howard won 6-1, 6-0.

Against Western Hills, the only point for Bullitt East came from eighth-grader Reese Milburn who won the number three court with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Muqeet Shahid.

The Bullitt East girls kept winning early last week also as the Lady Chargers picked up regional wins over Oldham County, Trimble County and Anderson County.

Against Trimble County, the final count was 5-0 with Makaela Knight, Julia Brambilia Smith and Megan Figg winning in singles. The doubles teams of Allison Murphey and Kaylan Ware as well as the team of Saskia Bruggemann and Molly Turner won easily.

It was a tough match on Tuesday against Anderson County before Bullitt East got the two doubles points to beat the Lady Bearcats 3-2.

Knight won in singles 6-2, 6-0 while Murphey and Ware won 6-1, 6-2. Bruggemann and Turner then got the deciding point, winning 6-2, 6-3.