Tennis players flock from all over the area for weekend's Mount Carmel Tennis Tournaments

Photo via Patti Bramlet -- From left, Olney's Jack Bettis, Noble's Caitlyn ODell, Mount Carmel's Elise Thomason and Mount Carmel's Chase Bramlet pose with their trophies from the Mixed Open Doubles Final at the Mount Carmel Adult Open Tennis Tournament in Mount Carmel over the weekend.

MOUNT CARMEL -- The Mount Carmel Tennis Association hosted its annual Tennis Tournaments, holding an adult division and a youth division for local athletes to test their talents from July 18-21 at the Wabash Valley College tennis courts.

The weekend of competition began with the youth division, which saw Olney's Jack Bettis and Jacob Taylor advance to the Boys' 18 Singles championship. Bettis defeated Taylor 6-2; 6-0 to earn the crown as the champion of the 18 singles group. In the consolation final for the Boys' 18 Singles, Newburgh's Finn Adams defeated Cooper Hout 6-0; 6-0.

On the other side of the youth competition, the girls hosted a Girls' 10 Singles, Girls '12 Singles, Girls' 14 Singles, and Girls' 18 Singles for girls of varying ages looking to compete.

In the Girls' 10 Singles they competed in a Round Robin format. Makanda, Ill.'s Reagan Moore defeated Benton's Kinley Glover 6-4; 4-6; 1-0 (3) in the first match. In the second match Moore defeated defeated Carbondale's Kara Moore 6-3; 6-4 to claim her second victory. In the final match, Glover defeated Kara Moore 6-0; 6-2.

Moving on to the Girls' 12 Singles, Eislee Moore from Makanda, Ill. faced Olney's McKenna Snider to open another Round Robin format. Moore defeated Snider 6-3; 6-4 to open play. Moore then faced Olney's Jillian Bettis and defeated her 6-1; 6-3. Lastly, Bettis faced Snider and defeated her in a close 6-4; 7-5 match.

Up next was the Girls' 14 Singles. Competing first in the event, Olney's Evelyn Potter against Mount Carmel's own Camryn Strine. Potter defeated Strine 6-1; 6-1 to open. Next, Potter defeated Makanda's Skylar Moore 6-2; 6-2, followed by Moore earning the final victory over Strine (illness).

The youth girls play wrapped up with the Girls' 18 Singles, which saw Noble's Caitlyn ODell and Newton's Allison Harris advance to the final. Odell earned the crown after Harris withdrew due to an injury. In the consolation final, Mount Carmel's Katie Halbig defeated Casey's Emily Sherwood 6-2; 6-0.

The adult open designed with a men's and women's division, attracted individuals from all over the area -- spanning from Washington, Ind. to Benton, Ill., similarly to that of the youth tournament.

In the men's division, Olney's Kyle Shipman and Flora's Joel Powless advanced to the Men's Open Singles final round to face off. Shipman defeated Powless 6-4; 6-1 to earn the crown as men's singles champion. In the Consolation Final, Bettis defeated Olney's Jarred Stoll after Stoll withdrew (illness).

The Men's Open Doubles was in a Round Robin Tournament. In the opener, Olney's Kyle Shipman and Evan Uhl teamed up to defeat Lanesville's Jonathan Holsapple and Washington, Ind.'s Kaleb Knepp 6-1; 6-2. Next up, Mount Carmel's Chase Bramlet and Evansville's Williams Hays defeated Shipman and Uhl 7-6 (4); 0-6; 1-0 (5) in a highly contested match. Play wrapped up with Bramlet/Hays defeated Holsapple/Knepp 6-0; 6-2 as victors of the Doubles.

Men and women paired together to compete in the Mixed Open Doubles, which saw Bettis/Odell defeat Bramlet and Elise Thomason 6-2; 6-4 in the final.

In the women's division, ODell defeated Thomason 6-2; 6-4 in the final round, earning the crown as champion of the competing women. Mount Carmel's Hannah Wilson defeated another Mount Carmel native, Jaquelyn Bradshaw in the Women's Open Singles Consolation Final, claiming a 6-1 first set victory prior to Bradshaw forfeiting (injury).

The blazing heat likely played some factor in the number of illnesses and injuries, with the heat index reaching a consistent 100 plus all weekend.

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