Saturday, June 02, 2001

Ky. tennis highlights

Busald, Hopkins reach state semis

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Beechwood senior Ashley Busald received a nice 18th birthday present Friday.

        Busald and senior Billy Hopkins advanced to the doubles semifinals of the state tennis tournament today at the University of Kentucky. They meet top seeds David Trier and Travis Triplett of Louisville St.Xavier at 9a.m.

        Three Northern Kentucky girls also advanced to the semifinals.

        Covington Latin senior Miriam Rahali — in the semifinals for the third straight year — meets co-No.1 Sarah Suitor of Paducah Lone Oak at 10:30a.m. today. And in doubles, third seeds Molly Molony and Jackie Vilines of Notre Dame take on Lone Oak's Amanda Beckman and Casie Skaggs at 9a.m.

        Busald said he wasn't satisfied with Friday's results.

        “Billy owes me a birthday present — that's a state championship,” Busald said.

        Busald and Hopkins didn't play as well as they would have liked in their third-round victory over Ryan Ingram and Chas Edinger of Kentucky Country Day. Busald and Hopkins advanced 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) but trailed 2-0 in the second set.

        Fifth-seeded Rahali knocked off third seed Ashley Kroh of Louisville Sacred Heart 6-3, 6-1 but also was critical of herself.

        “I think I lost those games because of how I played, not because of how she played,” Rahali said. “I gave her stuff she could put away.”

        Molony is playing on Saturday for the second straight year — she made the semifinals last year with her sister, University of Cincinnati freshman Lyndsey Molony. Vilines is the newcomer; she lost in the singles quarterfinals last year.

        Molony and Vilines didn't have much trouble Friday. They took out Merritt Emery and Lindsey West of Lexington Christian 6-2, 6-2 in the third round then did the same to eighth-seeded Dagney Pinkston and Whitney Robards of Henderson County.

        Highlands senior Ben Freer lost 6-2, 6-4 in the third round to Johnny Lu of Kentucky Country Day. Dixie Heights senior Justin Yeager beat Ashland Paul Blazer's Kyle Virgin 6-0, 6-3 but then lost to Lu 6-2, 6-4.

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