Williamstown Boys and Charleston Catholic Girls Achieve Class AA / A Tennis Titles
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An abundance of singles and doubles titles is not a requirement for a tennis team to claim a state championship.
For the boys from Williamstown and the girls from Charleston Catholic, however, they certainly made it a lot easier on Saturday.
The Yellowjacket boys’ team won a pair of singles titles and a pair of doubles titles to finish with 14 points and run off the field for the Class AA / A championship, the program’s first title since 2014.
âA lot of hard work on the part of the boys and they’ve worked well together all season to get to this point,â said Williamstown assistant coach Dave Leo.
The Irish women’s team saved the best to last, winning five of the six title matches for a total of 13 points and claiming their first crown since 2013.
“It’s amazing,” Irish coach David Sadd said. âI knew we had the chance to do something special when I showed up for training in early May and these girls were already there to work on improving themselves. It really paid off.
CCHS has won every singles title except No. 1, which went to Scott’s Jenna Butcher in her 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Logan’s Hannah Thompson.
The Irish won the second singles victory over Evie Bastin, who outscored Jill Blevins of Chapmanville in the final 6-2, 6-1. Anne Cimino provided the No. 3 singles title, beating Emma Bryant of Chapmanville 6-1, 6-0. Molly Murphy’s 6-4, 6-4 victory over Williamstown’s Audrey Fenton gave the Irish a No. 4 singles title.
After Hannah Attassi, the No.1 CCHS singles player, was beaten by Lyndsay Reynolds of Oak Glen in a first round match, the Irish topped the table in singles.
âA lot of people made a big deal when our best singles player fell and we could hear the noise,â said Sadd. “It’s understandable because they’re here to win too, but our daughters did a good job blocking out that noise and we knew there was a lot of tennis left.”
Ireland’s Emma Cimino and Celine Hannah teamed up for a No.2 doubles title, which they won with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory over North Marion’s Lea Barker and Raquel Taylor.
Charleston’s last Catholic title came in a No.3 doubles, with Anne Cimino and Murphy knocking down Lauren Strobl and Claire Strobl of Williamstown 6-1, 6-0.
Logan’s duo Hannah Thompson and Savannah Baisden teamed up for a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Bastin and Attassi in the No.1 doubles final, preventing the Irish from claiming a sixth title.
Catholic’s 14 points were enough for a comfortable win, followed by Logan (9), Chapmanville (9) and Williamstown (7).
âLots of good play down the home stretch was key,â Sadd said. âAll of our girls got together and made a significant contribution. “
For the Williamstown boys’ team, it was a somewhat similar scenario to that of the Irish girls. The Yellowjackets won two singles and two doubles titles, which saw them overtake runner-up Parkersburg Catholic, who had seven points.
Tyler Fenton provided the No. 3 singles title with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Bradon Nguyen of the Crusaders, who had beaten Fenton several times earlier this season.
âTyler showed so much persistence and that’s really how our whole squad was,â said WHS coach Diana Leo. “But for him to stick with that and come back for a win over a player who had beaten him before, that meant a lot.”
WHS’s Will Rice clinched a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Keyser’s Kaleb Kitzmiller in the No.4 final.
Brothers Gavin Bosgraf and Austin Bosgraf teamed up for the No.1 doubles title, which they concluded edging Haden Fincham and Jackson Heath 7-5, 6-3.
Gavin Bosgraf was also a member of the Yellowjackets’ Class AA State Championship basketball team, which earned him a late start to tennis.
“We had to put some of our games back so he could qualify for regional but he has done a great job for us throughout the season,” said Diana Leo.
The Yellowjackets’ other title came in the No.3 doubles, with Fenton and Matthew Easter taking a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Keyser’s Bryson Bush and Stone Kesner.
Fincham also advanced to the No.1 Singles final, where he was knocked down by Morgan Mann of Nitro 7-5, 6-3.
Luke Tankersley of Saint Joseph Central was the second singles champion after taking a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Landon Persinger of Herbert Hoover.
Parkersburg Catholic’s No.2 doubles team Carrick Roberts and Xavier Collie defeated Frankfort’s Kyle Shumaker and Bryson Lane 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
Keyser and Nitro are tied for third in the team standings with six points each.