The Chapmanville Regional High School tennis team remained hot just prior to spring break, as they picked up wins over Scott, Sherman and Williamstown to sweep the season series against their regional foes.
The Chapmanville girls’ team is off to their best start in school history, sitting at 10-2 as they prepare for the last two weeks of the regular season.
Chapmanville head coach Don Saunders said it’s been an amazing run so far this season, but that the week away from matches should help his team.
“It’s been a lot of fun watching them so far this year,” Saunders said. “This is maybe as good as I’ve seen a team play for this long of a stretch, but its good we get a week off to rest. Playing matches every day is physically and mentally exhausting on any team and I want us to be ready for this final push heading into regionals.”
Chapmanville assistant coach Geoff Saunders said the team has been able to sustain its run this season with leadership and a strong will to win.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that are just good at picking each other up when maybe they aren’t playing their best,” he said. “No one gets angry or upset with each other and I think that’s helped us, especially with us being so young. This group just has a strong will to win and they don’t give up in matches or on points. They fight for every ball and that’s what has made this year so much fun.”
Chapmanville Middle School head coach and CRHS assistant coach Chris Kidd said the team’s work ethic and goals have kept them sharp all season long.
“Probably the most proud I’ve been of this team, besides the Charleston Catholic win, was this week,” Kidd said. “We had voluntary workouts and hit arounds, and in the past I’d get three or four to show up if I was lucky. This week everyone except maybe two or three was able to make it. To have nine and 10 kids get up and come to a two-hour hit around on their week off to work on their game made me so proud of them. They know what’s at stake in a couple of weeks. We want to win the Cardinal Conference and the regional tournament and they are fighting to be able to do that. And our girls are trying to set the school record for wins in a year. We set that two years ago going 14-3 and I think they have a shot to do it. But this is such a great family atmosphere here now.
“Tennis is usually so individual and kids only care about themselves. We are the only team I’ve seen to have every player stick around and watch everyone’s matches even when they are free to leave after they play. I love that they care that much about each other. I wouldn’t trade these kids for anyone else’s. They’re just great people and deserve the success they are having this year.”
Against Scott last week, the Chapmanville girls scored a 7-0 win over the Lady Skyhawks.
In singles, junior and number one seed Haley Justice won 8-2, senior and number two seed Sravya Pidaparthi won 8-4, sophomore and number three seed Lasya Pidaparthi was an 8-1 winner, while freshman and number four seed Myla Bryant won 8-0.
In doubles the Pidaparthi sisters were victorious 8-4 in number one doubles. Justice and freshman Cassidy Lewis cruised to an 8-0 win in number two doubles, while Bryant and freshman Sara Lambert won 8-1 in number three doubles.
The CRHS boys’ team was able to pick up wins against the experienced Scott boys team in number three singles by freshman Brycen Kuenzel 8-3, and number four singles by senior Donovan Abraham 8-3. The boys also won in number two doubles as Kuenzel and sophomore Dakota Saunders won 8-4.
Against Sherman it was a clean sweep for Chapmanville, as they won seven matches to none and pulled off an incredible feat, as all matches were won by the girls’ team 8-0.
Against a shortened Parkersburg Catholic roster, the Chapmanville boys picked up a good win in number one doubles, as senior Max Spradlin and sophomore Colton Townsend avenged an earlier season loss to win 8-6.
In the capper to last week’s action the Chapmanville girls defeated Williamstown seven matches to zero, while the boys fell to the defending state runner-up six matches to one. The lone boys win coming in number three doubles, as the team of Abraham and sophomore Austin Evans won 8-1.
The girls team saw wins in singles action from Justice (8-3), Sravya Pidaparthi (8-5), Lasya Pidaparthi (8-2) and Bryant (8-2).
In doubles the Pidaparthi sisters won 8-3, Justice and Lewis were victorious 8-2 and Bryant and Lambert were 8-1 winners.
The Tigers get back into action on Tuesday at home against Sissonville.
Then they will travel to Huntington to take on Huntington St. Joe on Wednesday, host Mingo Central Thursday and then face off with Lincoln County on Friday. All matches are set to begin at 4 p.m.