SCHS junior gets No. 1 rank in USTA division

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By Todd Martin

SCHS junior tennis player Kayla Pilcher just wanted to improve for her team. When she found out about playing in United States Tennis Association matches she thought she'd give it a shot so she could get better.

As it turns out Pilcher is making a name for herself.

Pilcher reached the No. 1 ranking in the 2007 Girls' 18 Novice singles division for the Kentucky Region in the Southern Division of the USTA.

"I was king of surprised," she said. "It impressed me that I made it that high. When I heard about it I just wanted to improve for my high school team and my teammates. It's worked pretty well I, guess."

Pilcher had most of her success playing for teams with Advanced Tennis and Fitness Center in Louisville in the summer and fall leagues. Her team finished as runners-up in both leagues, and Pilcher finished with a 9-5 record.

She also played in three tournaments, compiling a 3-3 record with one tournament win.

"Basically, you compile points by entering tournaments and the farther you advance the more points you earn," she said.

Pilcher played last season as the No. 1 singles player for SCHS and she said she's been very active since the high school season ended.

"During the fall I played probably four to six times a week, and I'll start doing that again," she said. "Right now though, it's more conditioning work, and I probably do that four or five times a week, too."

Pilcher, who is also in the top five of her class at SCHS, said she's not sure if she'll continue to play after high school.

"It's possible," she said. "The Hanover (College) coach has contacted me, but I'm not sure. I'm really more focused on academics. But if I get a tennis scholarship that's great."