Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

May 21, 2012

Kanagasegar qualifies for Class AAA state tennis tournament

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County High School tennis teams competed in the individual District 6AAA and individual Region 3AAA Tournaments in Cookeville, with Lee Presson and Nithya Kanagasegar earning first-place singles titles in District 6AAA to advance into the Region 3AAA Tournament.

Kanagasegor won the region title to qualify for the state tournament May 24-25 at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro.

In district play, Lee Presson was No. 1 seed, receiving a bye in the first round.  He then played Austin Sauer of Warren County, defeating him 6-2, 6-0.  Presson played Crockett Sewell of White County in the semi-finals, winning 6-1, 6-3. Presson advanced to the final round of play against Bryce Caten of Warren County, defeating him in three sets with a score of 6-4, 2-6, and 6-1. These wins claimed the No. 1 District singles title for him.  

Kanagasegar was also No.1 seed for the district. Kanagasegar received a bye in the first round and then played Susie Brown of Warren County, winning 6-0, 6-0.  She advanced to the semi-finals playing Carley Roland of Cookeville, winning 6-1, 6-1.  

Kanagasegar played Abigail Ehlert of Cookeville in the finals, winning 6-2, 6-0 to claim the district singles title.

Both Presson and Kanagasegar advanced to the Individual Region 3AAA tournament also held in Cookeville.

CCHS player Iasmin da Silva competed in the individual district tournament and was defeated in the first round by Peyton Baker of Warren County with a score of 6-0, 6-0.  

Both girls' doubles teams of Tessa Dixon and Taylor Vaden and Deanna Sola and Kaila Treadway were knocked out in the second round of the tournament by Cookeville and White County.

Daniel Koehl competed in the other singles position and was defeated in the second round by Warren County's Bryce Caten in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 3-6.  The CCHS boys' doubles teams of Duc Tran and Landon Crawford and Drake Parrott and Gregory Maxwell were defeated in the second round of the tournament by White County and Coffee County teams.

In the Individual Region 3AAA Singles Tournament, Lee Presson played No. 2 District 5AAA singles player Michael Barlock from Rhea County and was defeated in three sets with scores of 6-4, 3-6, and 1-6 ending Lee's run for the state tournament.  

Nithya Kanagasegar played the No. 2 District 5AAA Callie Brannon from Soddy Daisy, defeating her 6-3, 6-0, advancing her into the Region 3AAA finals.

Kanagasegar defeated the No. 1 player from District 5AAA in Maclain Yowarsky of Walker Valley in three sets by scores of 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. This win gave Nithya Kanagasegar the No.1 Singles title for Region 3AAA and a berth in the State Tournament this week in Murfreesboro.

CCHS had four players receiving All-district awards for the season. Kanagasegar, Lee Presson and Daniel Koehl received All-District First Team Singles and Nithya Kanagasegar and Peyton Zeino received All-District Second Team Doubles Awards.  

Nithya Kanagasegar and Lee Presson were both named Players of the Year for District 6AAA chosen by all coaches for the district.

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