The Wayne County Boys Tennis Team just finished their season after becoming runner up in Region 12 for the second year in a row. Actually, it was the third time in the last four years that the team would secure that place.
Zach Dishman, who has played varsity tennis for four years, advanced the farthest at the state competition held in Danville, Kentucky. He beat Jacob Senters from West Jessamine in the quarterfinals. Next, he advanced to the semi-finals where he beat Luke Duncan from Boyle County. The Wayne County Junior was defeated in the finals by his rival David Gadd, a senior from Berea High School. Dishman was the number two seed and Gadd was the number one seed in the finals tournament. The match was over in two sets that went 2-6 and 4-6. It was the second year in a row that the two played each other in the final match up.
Wayne County Boys Tennis Coach Allen Burchett said he had two seniors – Kyle Skeese and Sam Fairchild – that were a doubles team. “They won two matches at region and then got beat in the quarter finals. We’ll miss these guys next year. They played a lot of tennis for us.”
“Our lineup included Andrew Bertram and Preston Reynolds who were our other doubles team. They won and lost a match at region.”
“Jordan Sexton was our other singles entry,” said Allen.
Some of the other team members included: Seventh Grader Wesley Cares, Seventh Grader Ashton Morrow, and two foreign exchange students – Jiuseppe Nappi (he was unable to compete at region due to an injury) and Simon Heijmans (did not play at region but helped support the team).
“We finished 8-3 on the season,” said Burchett. “The weather was tough on us; several matches had to be called off. Having lost three seniors from last year, I thought we did pretty well.”
State competition will be held Thursday, May 17th in Lexington and Dishman will advance.
Next year, Allen said they will have a much younger team with three seniors, with the remaining players being middle school or freshmen.
“We hope to continue with the success we’ve had over the last three years, as well as Coach Don Neal’s 2015 team regional runners up team. We are continuing to succeed on what he built,” said Allen.
Zach Dishman smashes a backhand winner down the line
Tennis star Zach Dishman rips a crazy topspin forehand crosscourt
Zach Dishman accepts region runner up trophy
Zachary Neil Dishman
Boys Tennis Team L-R; Guiseppe Nappi, Jordan Sexton, Simon Heymans, Andrew Bertram, Zach Dishman, and Coach Allen Burchett