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May 6, 2014

H.S. TENNIS: Berea’s Steven and David Gadd roll to 12th Region doubles title

BEREA — Steven Gadd won a regional tennis title last season as a singles player.

This year, he claimed another title.

And this one was even sweeter than the first one.

Steven teamed with his brother, David — an eighth-grader — on Monday to win the 12th Region doubles title at Berea College. The brothers defeated West Jessamine’s Tanner Sparks and Hunter Hailey in the championship match, 6-3. 6-2.

The Gadds were completely dominant during the tournament, dropping just five games in four matches.

“It was a fun year,” Steven said. “It was fun playing together. We are a good doubles team. We’ve gotten a lot better over the course of the year and I’m excited to see what we can do at state.”

Steven, a senior, defeated former teammate Sam Jackson in three sets in last year’s singles championship.

This year, he decided to focus on doubles.

Even though the brothers had very little experience playing together, they quickly became a formidable team.

“I think we played together twice last year,” Steven said.

The brothers lost only one match during regular-season competition and won their first three matches at the regional by scores of 6-0, 6-0.

“It’s been nice to see how close we’ve gotten as doubles partners,” Steven said.

The Gadds had defeated Sparks and Hailey in straight sets earlier in the year. They jumped on West Jessamine’s top team right away on Monday.

“I felt like if we could maintain our pace in the match and keep the ball cross court then we would be fine,” David said.

Berea broke twice in the first three games and built a 3-1 lead. The Gadds held serve comfortably until the eighth game. West Jessamine went up 0-30, but David held serve and Berea broke in the next game to wrap up the set.

The Gadd brothers won the first three games of the second set and after holding serve two more times had a 5-2 lead.

In the eighth game, West Jessamine had a 0-40 lead, but Berea battled back and broke to clinch the championship.

The tournament’s No. 1 seed faced just three break points and was broken just once in the match.

“You’ve got to hit your spots when your serving,” Steven said. “It’s not just power and we did that well.”

The team advances to the KHSAA State Tournament, which gets under way May 15 at the University of Kentucky.

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