With one day left in the West Virginia state tennis tournament, area Mid-Ohio Valley programs might be out of contention for a team state championship, but there's plenty of individuals still vying for titles.
Starting at 8 a.m. today in Charleston, the championship round of play gets under way as the competitors will battle in best-of-three pro sets.
"You could not be more proud of their efforts today and their accomplishments," said Parkersburg head coach Pam Reeves of her entire program, which will have a tri of boys - Alexander D'Costa (No. 2), Tris Spitsnaugle (No. 3) and Josh Roberts (No. 4) - go after state crowns.
Photo courtesy of Michael Uhl
Williamstown's Aaron Leo won a semifinal match in three sets at No. 2 singles during Friday's Class AA/A state tennis tournament in Charleston. Leo will be playing for a title Saturday in both No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles.
On Friday, D'Costa advanced to the finals at No. 2 singles by ousting Huntington's Campbell Neighborgall 6-3, 6-2 and will take on Zach Koenig of George Washington. D'Costa by virtue of reaching the finals at second singles earned all-state status. Spitsnaugle won his semifinal 6-2 and 6-1 against Huntington's Austin Preece and will take on another Koenig from GW, Zach's brother Nick. Roberts knocked off Highlander Charles Jenkins 6-2 and 6-0 and now meets GW's Thomas McIntosh.
Parkersburg's Saaman Ghodsi also nabbed all-state honors by making the semifinals at No. 1 singles, but he was stopped short of the finals after he ran into Huntington defending state champion Hunter Tubert, who won in straight 6-0 sets.
The PHS No. 1 doubles team of Ghodsi and D'Costa posted an 8-2 win against Shady Spring in the quarterfinals, but lost to Huntington in the semifinals, 6-2 and 6-1.
At Schoenbaum Tennis Courts, Tennis Indoor Center, Kanawha City
Team scoring: George Washington 14, Huntington 12, Parkersburg 10; Martinsburg 7; Washington 3; University, Hurricane 2; Shady Spring, Musselman, Oak Hill, Morgantown 1; Elkins, Cabell Midland, Princeton, John Marshall, Jefferson, Parkersburg South, Wheeling Park, Winfield 0.
No. 1 - Semifinals: Grant Davis (Mart) d. Ryan Massinople (GW) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Hunter Tubert (Hunt) d. Saaman Ghodsi (Park) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 - Semifinals: Zach Koenig (GW) d. Carter Davis (Mart) 6-4, 6-2; Alexander D'Costa (Park) d. Campbell Neighborgall (Hunt) 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Nick Koenig (GW) d. Austin Thomas (Wash) 6-2, 6-2; Tris Spitsnaugle (Park) d. Austin Preece (Hunt) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 - Semifinals: Thomas McIntosh (GW) d. Inigo Goiriena (Mart) 6-1, 6-2; Josh Roberts (Park) d. Charles Jenkins (Hunt) 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 - Quarterfinals: Massinople-Koenig (GW) d. Hatfield/Williamson (Log) 8-2; Davis-Davis (Mart) d. Clay/Chapman 8-3; Ghodsi/D'Costa (Park) d. Albaugh/Buckland (SS) 8-2; Tubert/Neighborgall d. Wheatley/Thomas (Wash) 8-0.
Semifinals: Massinople-Koenig d. Davis-Davis 6-3, 6-1; Tubert/Neighborgall d. Ghodsi/D'Costa d. 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Quarterfinals: Koenig-McIntosh (GW) d. Derrico/McKnight (Morg) 8-1; Adkins/Adkins (Log) d. Hamilton/Goiriena (Mart) 8-2; Gutierrez/Paul (Univ) 8-5 d. Bracken/Oxendale (OH) 8-5; Preece/Jenkins (Hunt) d. Irving/Wheatley (Wash) 8-5.
Semifinals: Koenig-McIntosh d. Adkins/Logan 6-1, 6-0; Preece/Jenkins d. Gutierrez/Paul 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Moses/Mullins (GW) d. Littleton/Junkin (Wash) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0; Rhone Thrash/Landon Wells (Park) d. Staker/Marshall (Hunt) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Team scoring: Huntington 12; Hurricane 8; Parkersburg, Morgantown 7; University 6; George Washington 3; Washington, Ripley, Buckhannon-Upshur 2; Lewis County, Martinsburg, Woodrow Wilson 1; Shady Spring, Logan, Riverside, John Marshall, Cabell Midland, Greenbrier East, Musselman, Woodrow Wilson, Elkins 0.
No. 1 - Semifinals: Stephanie Arnold (Morg) d. Kayla McKnight (Hurr) 6-4, 6-2; Cassie Mercer (Hunt) d. Cassandra Powell (Park) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 - Semifinals: Vivian Yao (Hurr) d. Alyssa Rees (Univ) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5; Abby Rosiello (Morg) d. Katie Huck (Hunt) 6-0, 6-3.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Lindsay Goff (Hurr) d. Cassie Seamon (Univ) 6-4, 7-5; Rachel Subik (Hunt) d. Sheridan White (Park) 6-1, 7-5.
No. 4 - Semifinals: Arin Shatto (Rip) d. Dori Sanders (Wash) 6-3, 6-2; Meghan Zerkel (Univ) d. Ashley White (Hurr) 7-5, 6-2.
No. 1 - Quarterfinals: Powell/Kesterson (Park) d. White/O'Dell (GW) 8-3; Rees/Rees (Univ) d. Spuria/Barr (Wash) 8-4; Arnold/Rosiello (Morg) d. Heft/Fox (WW) 8-1; Mercer/Price (Hunt) d. Widmeyer/Beck (Mart) 8-0.
Semifinals: Powell/Kesterson d. Rees/Rees 6-2, 7-6 (7-1); Mercer/Price (Hunt) d. Arnold/Rosiello 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 - Quarterfinals: Teed/Skaff (GW) d. Seamon/Zerkel (Univ) 9-8 (7-4); Littleton/Sanders (Wash) d. Goff/Berardi (Hurr) 8-4; Stanley/Gnegy (Park) d. Barickman/Shatto (Rip) 8-4; Huck/Mahaney (Hunt) d. Beale/Tucker (Mart) 8-0.
Semifinals: Teed-Skaff d. Littleton-Sanders 6-3, 6-3; Huck/Mahaney d. Stanley/Gnegy 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Moses/Papadopolous (GW) d. Gutta/Gutta (Elk) 6-2, 7-5.
At Charleston Catholic Athletic Facility, Charleston Family YMCA
Team scoring: Charleston Catholic 15; Williamstown 9; Bluefield 7; Madonna 6; Bridgeport 5; Wheeling Central 4, St. Joseph 3; St. Marys 2; Grafton, Lincoln, Wyoming East 1; Berkeley Springs, Fairmont Senior, Scott, Independence, Mingo Central, Petersburg, Liberty Raleigh, East Fairmont, Poca 0.
No. 1 - Semifinals: Max Meade (SJ) d. Luke Flanagan (Wmst) 6-0, 6-1; Mark Cassis (CC) d. Nick Conforti (Mad) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 - Semifinals: Aaron Leo (Wmst) d. Jose Tarin (Blue) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0; Scott Standish (CC) d. Matt Conforti (Mad) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Bryce Williams (Bpt) d. Paul Hoffman (Blue) 6-2, 6-3; Jad Malas (CC) d. Gus Schmidt (WC) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 - Semifinals: Michael Fouts (Bpt) d. Adam Tolliver (Ind) 6-2, 6-0; Tanner Whipkey d. A.J. Harris (SM) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 - Quarterfinals: Freund/Tarin (Blue) d. Haley/Szeligo (WC) 8-2; Flanagan/Leo (Wmst) d. Moran/Brooks (Lin) 8-4; Conforti/Conforti (Mad) d. Whitlock/Shumaker (Key) 8-3; Cassis/Malas (CC) d. Hornor/Williams (Bpt) 8-2.
Semifinals: Flanagan/Leo d. Freund/Tarin 6-0, 6-2; Cassis/Malas d. Conforti/Conforti 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 - Quarterfinals: Schmitt/Lee (WC) d. Borelli/Pell (Ind) 8-1; Leo/Gedon (Wmst) d. Cava/Fouts (Bpt) 9-7; Moore/Harris (SM) d. Culicerto/England (WyE) 8-1; Standish/Casto (CC) d. Close/Reed (BSp) 8-1.
Semifinals: Schmitt/Lee d. Leo/Gedon 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Standish/Casto d. Moore/Harris 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Hoffman/Myers (Blue) d. Lewis/Prosper (Key) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; Canfield/Cable (CC) d. Gordon/Teufel (WC) 6-2, 6-1.
Team scoring: Charleston Catholic 12; Ravenswood, Ritchie County 7; Bridgeport 6; Oak Glen 5; Bluefield 4; Keyser 3; Petersburg, Poca, Wheeling Central 2; East Faimont, Independence, St. Joseph 1; Lincoln, Williamstown, Wyoming East, Chapmanville, Liberty Raleigh, Westside, Madonna 0.
No. 1 - Semifinals: Alexis Alastanos (Bpt) d. Veronica Mueller (Rit) 6-1, 6-1; Claire Hamilton (CC) d. Joanna Capito (WC) 6-3, 6-0.
No. 2 - Semifinals: Olivia Haught (Rit) d. Courtney Mobley (Poca) 6-1, 6-4; Taylor Youell (Rav) d. Christina Centofani (CC) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Allie Lamm (Bpt) d. Bess McNabb (Rav) 6-0, 6-3; Danielle Sadd (CC) d. Abbi Sayre (OG) 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 - Semifinals: Kari Amtower (Key) d. Whitey Bradshaw (LibR) 6-2, 7-5; Madison Juszczak (OG) d. Jenny Borman (CC) 6-3, 6-1.
No. 1 - Quarterfinals: Spurlock/Juszczak (OG) d. Bowman/Harris (Ind) 8-2; McNabb/Youell (Rav) d. Alastanos/McKee (Bpt) 8-1; Mueller/Haught (Rit) d. Rogers/Hill (Graf) 8-0; Hamilton/Sadd (CC) d. Roby/Malcolm (Pete) 8-0.
Semifinals: McNabb/Youell d. Spurlock/Juszczak 6-3, 7-6 (7-1); Hamilton/Sadd d. Mueller/Haught 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 - Quarterfinals: Lovern/Bailey (Blue) d. Crawford/Sayre (OG) 8-2; Rascon/Burner d. Sutfin/Breece (SJ) 8-6; Costello/Brumage (EF) d. Stephen/Smith (LibR) 8-0; Centofani/Grubb d. Alexander/Thorn (Graf) 8-2.
Semifinals: Lovern/Bailey d. Rascon-Burner 8-6; Centofani/Grubb d. Costello/Brumage 6-0, 6-4.
No. 3 - Semifinals: Antower/Freeburn (Key) d. Brady/Cundiff (Blue) 6-1, 6-0; Pizzurro/Hill (OG) d. Borman/Whelan (CC) 7-5, 6-4.
Rhone Thrash and Landon Wells will go for a crown against GW in No. 3 doubles after the Big Reds posted a 6-2, 2-6 and 6-4 victory in the semifinals versus the Highlanders.
Joining Ghodsi and D'Costa as all-state members this year from PHS is Cassandra Powell, the Big Red girls' No. 1 singles player.
Powell advanced to the semifinals before bowing out to defending champion Cassie Mercer of Huntington, 6-0 and 6-1. Powell and teammate Amber Kesterson will play for a championship at first doubles against Huntington. The Big Red duo eliminated GW in an 8-3 match and posted a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) triumph versus University in the semifinals.
Big Red Sheridan White fell in the semifinals to Huntington's Rachel Subik, 6-1 and 7-5 at three singles, but Ripley's Arin Shatto defeated Dori Sanders of Washington 6-3 and 6-2 and will play for a No. 4 title today versus University's Meghan Zerkel.
PHS also suffered semifinal setbacks at two and three doubles. Katie Stanley and Katie Gnegy had an 8-4 win against Ripley, but lost 6-4 and 6-3 to Huntington. Kristen Calebaugh and Jennifer Riffle lost their first set against Hurricane 6-2 at No. 3 doubles. Although they won the second set 6-2, the Redskins posted a 6-0 third set win.
In the Class AA/A side of things, the Williamstown boys along with the Ravenswood and Ritchie County girls were in second place.
It will be an all-Little Kanawha Conference affair at No. 2 singles for the girls when Ravenswood's Taylor Youell tries to defeat Ritchie County's Olivia Haught for a fourth straight time this season. Youell, who made the finals by holding off Charleston Catholic's Christina Centofani 6-2, 2-6 and 7-5, had her toughest match versus Haught at last week's regional when the Red Devil won 8-5. Haught also won two matches on Friday, which included a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Poca's Courtney Mobley in the semifinals.
Haught's Rebel teammate Veronica Mueller will not be playing today after suffering a season-ending, straight-set 6-1 loss to Bridgeport's Alexis Alastanos in the semifinals. However, Mueller and Haught did become the first Rebels in the four-year history of the program to garner all-state accolades.
Youell will team with Alex McNabb to try and beat Charleston Catholic for a state crown at No. 1 doubles after the RHS teammates ousted Oak Glen in the semifinals via a 6-3 and 7-6 win that featured a 7-1 tiebreak. Red Devil Bess McNabb was turned back in the semifinals at the third singles position by scores of 6-0 and 6-3 against Allie Lamm of Bridgeport.
Williamstown's Aaron Leo will have a tall task in trying to beat Charleston Catholic's Scott Standish in the finals at No. 2 singles. The junior Leo, who has lost to Standish thrice on the campaign, clinched his all-state status after posting a 6-0, 3-6 and 6-3 win against Bluefield's Jose Tarin in the semifinals.
Head coach Jay Carter's Yellowjackets also have Leo and fellow 11th-grader Luke Flanagan alive at No. 1 doubles, but they too will go against a Charleston Catholic squad.
"We're looking for a dog fight," Carter said of the No. 1 doubles showdown that the Irish won by an 8-5 count at regional.
A.J. Harris of St. Marys lost in straight 6-0 sets to Tanner Whipkey of Charleston Catholic in the semifinals at No. 4 singles. Harris and Marcus Moore also fell at No. 2 doubles while Williamstown's Ryan Leo and Alex Gedon were ousted at two doubles as well, like the Blue Devils, in the semifinals.