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2009-05-21 / Sports

Spencer/Abshire Advance To Final Four

A Heartbreaking Tiebreaker Brings Home the Bronze for the Duo

Ben Spencer and Ally Abshire, seniors at Lexington High School, fought valliantly at the State Tennis Tournament held in Austin last week. They proudly brought home the Bronze medals for their great effort. PHOTO BY KIM BEXLEY. Ben Spencer and Ally Abshire, seniors at Lexington High School, fought valliantly at the State Tennis Tournament held in Austin last week. They proudly brought home the Bronze medals for their great effort. PHOTO BY KIM BEXLEY. Ben Spencer and Ally Abshire ended their high school tennis career on center court at the Lakeway World of Tennis Resort to Krum losing 7-6, 6-2. "You never like to lose; especially these two kids," Coach Mike Junek stated. "But it was quite an honor to be playing in the stadium where several Lexington fans said they had watched Jimmy Connors play in person when he was #1 in the world back in the 70's.

Krum's Daniel Atterbury & Afton Barber eliminated the Lexington netters, with a tiebreaker comeback being the difference. The Eagles had a commanding 6-2 lead in that tiebreaker needing only one more point to take the set. That's when the Krum doubles team reeled off 6 straight points to win the tiebreaker 8-6. After losing the 1st set 7-6, 'Big L' only managed to win Spencers' serves in the 2nd set to complete the match at 7-6, 6-2 for Krum.

Ben and Ally defeated Sonora's Cash Jennings and Alyssa Vela 7- 5, 5-7, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. It too, was a topsy turvy match with the Eagles coming back from 1-4 in the 1st set. Lexington had a commanding 5-0 lead in the 3rd set when Sonora made a run; but the Eagles held on to win 6-3 in the clinching set.

"I'll never forget the last point of their career," Junek stated. "Ally looked at Ben with match point for Krum and said, 'Let's Go Ben!' Krum hit an overhead smash that Spencer got back. Then they hit one even harder thinking the match was over. Somehow Spencer got it back, too. At that point with the Eagle netters deep behind the baseline, Krum strategically hit a drop shot barely over the net. On a dead run, Ben also got to that ball before Krum put the next shot away for the match," Coach Junek concluded. "That point was so indicative of how these two seniors have competed in all their sports at Lexington the last 4 years.

Being multi-sport athletes, the two seniors, between them, had advanced to regionals seven times in tennis and five times to state with Spencer winning the state championship in boys doubles last year. At the time of this writing Ally may still be competing for another state run in girl's softball.

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