Highlands tennis takes it to the courts

Highlands tennis takes it to the courts


Highlands tennis takes it to the courts


Meredith Laskey, Highlands High School senior, is a seven-year state championships qualifier in Kentucky and currently carries a top-5 USTA Ohio Valley ranking.

Meredith Laskey, Highlands High School senior, is a seven-year state championships qualifier in Kentucky and currently carries a top-5 USTA Ohio Valley ranking.

Kristin Laskey takes over the boys tennis program in addition to her longstanding duties as girls tennis coach at Highlands High School.

Junior Ben Emery returns as the two-time defending boys singles champion in the 10th Region. Last year, he reached the round of 16 in the KHSAA state tournament, winning two matches and dropping only two total games before falling in the third round to the three seed.

Senior Max Freyberger qualified for state in doubles after reaching the regional semifinals with graduate Tylo Mitchell. The duo lost in the first round at state.

Junior Alex Traylor, sophomore Jeff Schenck and sixth-grader Peter Laskey also participated in the regional tournament last year and have been working hard in the offseason.

Top new contributors start with seventh-grader Jackson Hopper and eighth-grader Jacob Schuh.

“Five of six regional participants from last year are returning, and several of them trained in the offseason,” Laskey said. “I look forward to the chance of working with this talented group of young men.”

Highlands boys were set for a conference tournament match April 6 and were set to continue the tourney April 13. The Bluebirds next play at home April 16 against Villa Madonna and could potentially finish the conference tourney April 20.

Laskey is in her fourth season as girls head coach. Her Bluebirds were 11-7 last year and won their 10th consecutive 10th Region team title, and were also conference champions.

Leading the way one last time is senior Meredith Laskey, a six-time regional singles champion. The fourth seed at the state tourney, she went all the way to the state finals last year, beating the top seed in the semifinals before falling in the finals to the three seed.

Laskey had 148 career wins entering the season which is likely a school record. She has made official visits to the U.S. Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, University of Cincinnati and Bellarmine campuses. She is also considering Morehead and University of Dayton.

Junior Lexi Herman is the three-time reigning 10th Region doubles champion with two different partners who have now graduated. She and her sister Abby were state semifinalists in doubles, losing a tough 6-4, 6-4 match in the semis. Herman has 81 career wins entering the season.

Other returning starters from the postseason include junior Sarah Hoffmann, junior Lauren Auteri and junior Lacey Pohlman.

Hoffman qualified for state in singles, winning one match in the tourney, and was a regional semifinalist. Auteri was regional doubles runner-up with graduate Caroline Christian and won a match at state. Pohlman competed in the state team tournament at third singles.

Top new contributors start with senior Megan Hodory and freshman Brooke Hodory, sisters who had plenty of junior varsity experience in 2014.

“This group of upperclassmen have played together since middle school and are eager to defend their 10th region team title as well as repeat as individual champions,” Kris Laskey said. “We had a total of 11 wins team-wide at the 2014 state tourney, the best Highlands has done for quite some time.”

In addition to conference tourney days, also on April 13 and 20 like the boys team, the girls team plays Notre Dame April 15 at Tower Park.

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