Hitchcock’s season ends in Region 3AAA semis
by Sparta Live | May 16, 2013 12:00 am
Lacee Hitchcock’s tennis run came to a halt Tuesday in the Region 3AAA semifinals.
Hitchcock, a WCHS junior, was defeated (6-1, 6-1) by Ooltewah’s Holly Humberger at McMinn County. The loss brought to an end the most successful WCHS female tennis season in a decade.
Hitchcock, playing the number two singles spot for WCHS, went undefeated in the regular season in district play. Then in the District 6AAA tournament, she played her way into the championship match and the region tournament. Hitchcock, in just her second year of playing tennis, finished second in the district behind Cumberland County’s Nithya Kanagasegar, who is a state contender.
WCHS tennis coach, Nicole Delaney commented on Hitchcock, “I am so proud of Lacee and all of her accomplishments this season. She went up against a really tough girl and battled hard. For her to make it to regions in her second year of playing tennis is extremely impressive and nobody can take that away from her. The score did not reflect the level at which Lacee played. This season I have had the opportunity to watch Lacee grow as a player and a competitor.”
Hitchcock explained earlier that at first she was not really interested in tennis at all but because her friend, Crockett Sewell, asked her to come to the court and run down balls for him while he practiced, she went. Still without a desire to really play, she eventually changed her mind. After just two years, but a lot of hard work and practice, she found herself in the region tournament this season. With a summer of lessons and work ahead, the future is only bright for Hitchcock for her senior season.
Tennis is probably the hardest TSSAA sport in which to advance. Only the top two advance from the district to the region while in sports such as basketball, four teams go from district to region. Then from the region, only one player advances on to the state. In most sports, two advance from region to sectional. Tennis gives no “do-overs.” Players must win the region to advance.
The state tennis tournament is a part of BlueCross Spring Fling held in Murfreesboro next week.