Webster County junior Marissa Austin accomplished a remarkable feat on Monday night in the 2nd Region Tournament in Henderson as the multi-sport athlete qualified for the state tournament.
This marks the first time a Webster player has advanced to the state tournament, a significant milestone for the Webster tennis program.
“Webster County tennis has grown tremendously in the past six years,” Webster County tennis coach Mary Schalk said. “I can only attribute that growth to the quality people who have invested their time, energy and efforts into the program."
Marissa Austin’s win in the Region 2 Tennis Tournament that qualified her for the 2019 State Tennis Tournament is a result of six years of dedication, hard work and a continued desire to be the best. She represents a team that has come together to bring out the best in one another — through joy and tears.
Thanks to the support of her team, Marissa Austin is paving the way for future Webster County tennis players to Lexington.” The 2019 KHSAA State Tennis Championships will take place May 30-June 1 at the UK Hilary J. Boone/Downing Tennis Complex and Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington and Nicholasville.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The original draft of this story that ran in the paper reported that Austin was the first player since Robert Pendleton in 2000 to advance to state, but a search of the archives showed that Pendleton did not advance to state in 2000. After defeateing Nathan Lee of McLean County in the first round of the regional meet, and Justin Key of Providence in the second, Pendleton fell to Nick Maythaler of Owensboro in the finals. In 2000, regional runners-up did not advance to state.