Siegel tennis falls twice in semifinals

Siegel tennis falls twice in semifinals

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Siegel tennis falls twice in semifinals

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Siegel’s state tournament run in tennis ended one day too soon, as both the girls and boys squads fell in Tuesday’s Class AAA semifinals at Old Fort Park.

The Lady Stars, playing in their fourth straight state tournament, fell 4-1 to Bearden. Siegel’s boys, making in their second straight Spring Fling appearance, lost 4-2 to Tennessee High.

“My goal was to make it here again. I knew it would be tough, but we still got here,” said Siegel senior Marissa Kovach, who finished all four high school seasons in the state tournament. “We lost, but I’m real proud that we got all the way to this point again.”

Bearden’s girls will play four-time defending champion Ravenwood in today’s Class AAA final at 11:30 a.m. Tennessee’s boys will face two-time defending champion Brentwood at 1:30 p.m. today in the championship match.

“I think (Tennessee) is very very strong,” Siegel freshman Chadwick Daugherty said. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they win state.”

Siegel’s girls picked up their lone win at No. 1 singles, as Kovach defeated Bearden’s Brittany Foust 6-1, 6-3. Kovach, part of last season’s doubles state champion tandem, will play in the Class AAA singles tournament on Thursday.

The Lady Stars lost their other four singles matches in straight sets to end their semifinal appearance.

Siegel’s boys had a stronger showing, pushing Tennessee to doubles play before falling in its semifinal.

The bottom of the Stars’ lineup earned the singles wins. Daugherty beat Tennessee’s Nathan Willis 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4, and Aaron Biddix pulled out a lengthy 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory at No. 5.

The match ended when Siegel’s Daugherty/Taylor Graalman lost 8-3 at No. 1 doubles to Tennessee’s Matt Henson/Jacob Marshall.

Graalman will play in Thursday’s Class AAA singles tournament. Daugherty and teammate Michael Jacobs will compete in the doubles tournament.

At least one Siegel tennis team has played in the state tournament in nine of the past 10 seasons, only missing the 2010 Spring Fling.

“There is a big pride in getting here so much,” Graalman said. “With the state tournament being in Murfreesboro, it’s important for us to keep getting back here to play on our home courts. So the tennis program is in really good shape. We’ve got a good coach (Jeff Martin), good players and really good tradition here.”

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