Madison Southern's Chase and Cameron Hechemy suffered a straight-set loss last year in their first appearance at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Tennis Tournament.

On Thursday, they made history.

The brothers picked up a 6-4, 6-4 first-round victory over Calden Doty and Camden Jones on Central Hardin at the University of Kentucky.

The win is the first-ever by a Madison Southern singles or doubles player at the state tournament.

Later in the day, the duo was eliminated with a 6-2, 6-2, loss to No. 5 seeded Logan Beaver and Tyler Bush of St. Xavier.

Chase (a sophomore) and Cameron (an eighth-grader) won the 12th Region doubles title last year before falling in the state tournament to a seeded team from Belfry.

Madison Southern moved into the 11th Region this year.

The Hechemy brothers defeated Madison Central's Carson Carlisle and Mason Campbell in first round of the region meet, 6-0, 6-0. They beat teams from Scott County and Dunbar to move into the semifinals.

They fell to No. 4 seeded Sam Clark and Wenxiang Sun of Henry Clay, 6-4, 6-3.

Chase and Cameron got off to a rough start against No. 5 seed on Thursday in a match that was played at the Lexington Tennis Center because of rain.

The Hechemy brothers were broken the first game and quickly fell behind 3-1. Cameron held serve to keep Southern in the first set before the St. Xavier duo closed it out.

The brothers were broken in each of their first two services games of the second set and fell behind, 4-0.

Chase and Cameron later held serve, but the brothers were never able to come up with a break.

Beaver and Bush are set to take on Tucker Bradley and Ethan Whelian today in the third round.

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