Graves tennis trio advances postseason

Graves tennis trio advance in 2013 postseason play
Graves County's trio of (4) Preston Simmons (pictured at right)-Mitchell Wiggins and (4) Emily Whitnell recently advanced to the semifinals of the First Region Tennis Tournament. The Eagle teams found their Lone Oak competition as good as advertised. Whitnell played the No. 1 girls’ singles seed from Lone Oak while Simmons-Wiggins played the No. 1 boys’ doubles seed from Lone Oak. This is Simmons-Wiggins’ second consecutive appearance in the regional tennis semifinals, while it’s Simmons’ third appearance.
The Eagle boys felt confident in their chances in the match, as they had played this team close earlier in the season. The first set was close, as both teams were playing their best tennis. Simmons-Wiggins led 5-4 in the first set. Then, Lone Oak went on a run, won the next three games, and the first set, 7-5. The second set started as the Eagles were reeling from their first set loss. Lone Oak jumped out to a 5-0 led. Simmons-Wiggins managed one more game before the end of the match, 7-5, 6-1. They will advance to the state tennis tournament.
In reaching her third consecutive regional tennis semifinal, Emily Whitnell had to face the two-time defending champion. Whitnell started the match strong, pushing the defending champion to make aggressive shots. The first set score was 6-0, but the games were much closer than the score. In the second set, Whitnell managed to win one game, but the match ended in a 6-0, 6-1 score. She will advance to the state tennis tournament as well. Both Eagle teams will compete in the state tournament in Lexington from May 16-18.

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