CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Middle School tennis team is off to a hot start in the fall season.
The CMS boys and girls teams are each 4-0.
The Chapmanville girls team has played 31 sets thus far and they have yet to lose one.
The boys’ team has played 25 sets and have only dropped two of those sets.
CMS tennis head coach Chris Kidd said his teams experience has a lot to do with the teams early success.
“We have nine eighth-graders on our team,” Kidd said. “Six of them have been with me for three years and two others have been here for two years. We have a smart and veteran group that know how to win. They’ve already won two conference titles. The girls have won two county championships. The boys have won one as well, so they understand success but also understand how hard you have to work to keep achieving that success. And it takes a lot in this sport.”
Kidd said the schedule has been tough, but said he believes his team is ready for the challenge.
“We play a really tough schedule each year,” Kidd said. “I try to put us up against a lot of Triple-A schools to get these kids more prepared for high school competition as well and we compete well with them. We play Logan, Ripley, Winfield, Hurricane, and Greenbrier East, who all produce really good 3A talent, and I feel that if we can compete with them there’s nobody our kids should be scared to play in high school.”
The Tigers won their opener at home against the Poca Dots, as the girls team won eight matches to zero, and the boys team won 6-0.
For the girls team, top seed Emily Gore was a 6-0 winner in the Poca match.
No. 2 player Mackenzie Phipps was a 6-0 winner, while No. 3 seed Alexis Belcher was a 6-0 victor. No. 4 seed Allison Walls was also a 6-0 winner.
In doubles, the Tigers continued to dominate, as Gore and Phipps were 6-0 winners, Belcher and Walls triumphed 6-1, Amanda Hensley and Emily Carter took home a 6-0 win, and Carley Toler and Mackenzie Phipps were 6-2 winners.
On the boys side, No. 1 seed Alec Stowers won 6-0, while No. 2 seed Levi Adkins took a 6-1 win. No. 3 seed Nick Carter came away a 6-0 winner, and Taylor Conley, the team’s No. 4 seed, was also a 6-0 winner.
In doubles, Stowers and Adkins won 6-0, while Carter and Conley were also 6-0 winners.
Against Ripley, CMS once again controlled play, as Gore, Phipps, and Belcher were all 8-0 winners in singles action, while Walls took her singles match 8-5.
In doubles, the girl’s team picked up wins from Gore and Phipps, Belcher and Walls, and Hensley and Carter, all by the score of 8-1. Toler and Carter won 8-0 in their match, while Belcher and Hensley came away 8-2 victors.
For the boys, Stowers was victorious 8-2. Adkins came away with an 8-3 win, while Carter took his match 8-2. Conley helped Chapmanville sweep the singles action with an 8-4 win. In doubles, Stowers and Adkins won 8-0, while Carter and Conley were 8-3 winners.
Against Logan, the girl’s team was led by Gore who won 6-0. Phipps was a 6-2 winner, Belcher came away a 6-0 winner, and Walls was victorious 6-4.
In doubles, Gore and Phipps won 6-0, Belcher and Walls took their match 6-1, Hensley and Carter won 6-0, and Hensley and Toler won a tight match 6-4.
The Chapmanville Middle boy’s team also came away with wins in singles from Stowers 6-0, Adkins 6-1, Carter 6-3, and Conley 6-1. In doubles, Stowers and Adkins were 6-3 winners, and Carter and Conley were 6-1 victors.
In the Tigers’ return engagement with the Ripley Vikings, the girls continued their torrid streak as Gore, Phipps and Belcher were all 8-0 winners in singles, while Walls was an 8-1 winner. In doubles, Gore and Phipps, Belcher and Walls, and Hensley and Carter all cruised to 8-0 wins, while Toler and Carter came away with an 8-4 victory.
The Chapmanville boy’s team was able to gut out a tough 4-2 win over Ripley, as Stowers won in singles action 8-2. Conley was also a winner 8-2. In doubles, Stowers and Adkins had to fight from behind to win their tightest match of the year, as they took down the Viking 9-8 (7-5), while Carter and Conley also had to battle to an 8-5 win.
Kidd said Chapmanville’s hot start has been unprecedented in the CMS team’s six-year history.
“This makes the sixth year we’ve had a middle school tennis program, and I’ve been coaching for all of them, and I’ve never had a start like this,” Kidd said. “I think we’ve developed a lot of healthy competition amongst each other and it’s only going to make everyone better. If all of these kids continue on to high school we’re going to continue to be a dangerous team for a while. I’m very proud of all of them.”
The Tigers have a full slate of action this week, as they were scheduled to play on Poca on Monday.
CMS then is slated to host Logan for a doubleheader on Tuesday, before travaling to Winfield on Thursday. The first serve will take place at 4:30 p.m. each day.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).