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Returning Redbirds hold top seeds

Mayfield’s Megan Null competed at the First Region tournament at a seventh grader last season. This year, she’ll hold double duties as the Lady Cardinals’ top seed in singles and doubles with fellow eighth-grader Kiya Morris.

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger



Mayfield's successful 2017 season looks to carry over into 2018 with several returners for both the boys and girls teams, according to head coach Mitzi Guhy, who will be holding down top seeds as match play begins Monday.

Cardinals: Three players — Tate Puckett, Kobe Morris and Brady Smith — participated in the First Region tournament last year and are back. Puckett, a sophomore, leads the way as the No. 1 seed in singles after finishing as a doubles runner-up and reaching the state tournament.

Guhy said the team's roster will feature several basketball players, which likely will delay firming doubles partners until after the season's start. Still they will rely on the players' conditioning and athleticism to help this year.

Also returning will be eighth-grader Alex East, while a newcomer will be boys coach Terrance Williams. Williams played tennis at Mayfield and is active with the local USTA league.

Lady Cardinals: Eighth-graders Megan Null and Kiya Morris will be the top doubles team for Mayfield, with Null also playing the No. 1 seed in singles after a successful off-season.

Freshman Ellie Adams, who played in the region tournament as an eighth-grader, also returns, as do senior Rachel Keipp and doubles partners Elly Rhodes and Morgan Monroe. With additional new faces, Guhy said a-ll of the Lady Cardinals' youth "will provide a lot of energy and promise for the Mayfield girls team."

Cardinals Roster: Senior — Francesco Rolih. Juniors — Brady Smith, Hallic Dunn, Carson Guthrie. Sophomores — Tate Puckett, Kobe Morris, Andrew Watson. 8th — Alex East.

Lady Cardinals Roster: Senior — Rachel Keipp. Juniors — Morgan Monroe, Elly Rhodes. Freshmen — Ellie Adams, Brooke Lawson. 8th — Megan Null, Kiya Morris, Laney Ralph.

2018 Schedule: March — 12. Murray; 13-Calloway County; 15-at Paducah Tilghman; 19-McCracken County; 20-St. Mary; 22-Marshall County; 26-Ballard Memorial; 29-Graves County (G at GC; B at MHS).

April — 10. at McCracken County; 16-at Ballard Memorial; 17-at St. Mary; 19-at Marwwshall County; 23-Paducah Tilghman; 26-at Murray; 27-Graves County (G at GC; B at MHS); 30-at Calloway County.