Mixed Doubles Nearly Upset Defending State Champions
What could have been! Little did Mackenzie Brown and Kaelan Blok know that in the first set when Wall was serving at Love-40, if the Eagle netters could have won only one out of the next three points, they would have pulled off an unbelievable upset at the State Tourney. The final score could have read “Eagles Win 6-4, 7-5”. But give Wall credit. They came back to win that set 7-6 and the match in three sets, 7-6, 5-7, 6-0.
Mackenzie and Kaelan were the ultimate partners. Each of them had a lapse when the other played well to keep them in the match. Mackenzie gave the defending champs a dose of what to expect in the very first game. The game went back and forth and Miss Brown served 11 points without a single double fault and ultimately won that initial game. The Lady Eagle actually served 8 games and had only one double fault the entire day. That’s championship tennis.
Then in the second set, Kaelan got hot and started winning everything. He became a magician at the net. The Wall duo started smashing the ball and Mr. Blok got everything back. The Eagles were rewarded with a 7-5 set win. Blok/ Brown, the senior & sophomore tandem had all spectators watching their game as they matched the state champions, toeto toe.
Although the 3rd set sounded lopsided at 6-0, the score could have easily been 3-All. Lexington should have won three of those first 6 games. The green and gold netters picked on the Wall girl most of the match. But again, give Wall credit as she started playing “lights out” in the last set to insure the victory.
Lexington has made its presence known in doubles at State since 2007. This is the 5th team to advance in the last 5 years. Miss Brown has positioned herself to be the first Lady Eagle in the history of the school to advance to state 3 times. She has set a personal goal to be the 1st Lady Eagle Tennis State Champion in the history of the school. It was only their 2nd loss of the year.
The netters are multi-sport athletes, each helping their baseball and softball teams to advance to the playoffs. Kaelan was just invited to play in a high school baseball all-star game. Lexington was coached by Lyon Lofland.