McKenzie advances in first-ever 1A East tennis tournament

Kent County High School sent entries in singles and doubles to the Class 1A East Region tennis tournament May 17-18 at two locations in Cambridge. Pictured with the players are coaches Jess Arminio, Ed Stack, David Quinn and Michael Wang.

CAMBRIDGE — Kent County’s Ethan McKenzie swept Washington’s Charles Smith, 6-4, 6-2, in the opening round of the inaugural Class 1A East Region tennis tournament last week.

He was the only Trojan to win a match in the single-elimination tournament that was held Friday and Saturday at two locations in Cambridge.

McKenzie bowed out in the second round with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to No. 4 seed Colby Speta of Pocomoke.

Two of Kent’s doubles teams were eliminated after losing tiebreakers.

The duo of Brenna Futty and Hannah Bentley split sets with Cambridge’s Aamna Alvi and Jenny Chen, 3-6, 6-2, and then the match was decided by a 10-6 breaker.

A 10-3 tiebreaker won the mixed doubles match for Perryville’s G.H. Stevens and Michael Olszewksi, who defeated Kent County’s Cynthia Faber and Nolan Lindsay in the second round. The Kent tandem advanced because Joppatowne was a no-show.

Faber and Lindsay won the first set, 6-3, and Stevens and Olszewksi took the second set, 6-1.

Kent’s other doubles team, Jayden Reid and Alystair McKenzie, was defeated in straight sets by Bo Manor’s Giovanni Mainolfi and Nico Mainolfi.

In the girls singles bracket, Abby Loughry was defeated by Hannah Kerr of St. Michaels in the first round.

This was the first regional tournament for Loughry, Bentley, Lindsay, Reid and Alystair McKenzie.

“Overall, it was a great experience and the kids seemed to have a great time,” said Kent co-coach Jess Arminio.

In addition to Kent County, the 1A East Region consists of Havre de Grace, Joppatowne and Patterson Mill of Harford County; Bohemia Manor and Perryville of Cecil County; and Eastern Shore rivals Colonel Richardson, Cambridge, North Dorchester, St. Michaels, Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Washington.

The region finalists in boys and girls singles, boys and girls doubles and mixed doubles — from the East, West, North and South — advance to the state tournament this weekend at Wilde Lake Tennis Club in Columbia.

For the first time, state champions will be crowned in all four enrollment classifications, 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A.

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