CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Middle School boys and girls tennis teams continue to club their opponents this fall.
The two teams remained undefeated this week by running the table against their opponents to move to 8-0.
This is the deepest into a season the Tigers have been undefeated in their six-year history, CMS tennis coach Chris Kidd said.
Kidd said his players have continued to respond well to adversity.
“Tennis is all about mental toughness,” he said. “If you’re mentally weak you won’t last long in this sport. That’s the tough but fun part about tennis is it’s most of the time just you out there. There’s no one else to pass the ball to, you can’t hope someone else makes a shot or gets a hit, it’s on you the whole match, and if you waver mentally it will show. There’s a lot of ups and downs that go with it and you have to be prepared to deal with that, and these kids have learned from having some troubles those first couple of years against the better teams they played. My kids have handled those situations really well. They’ve kept their head and they’ve kept their dignity and character in tact as well, which makes me so proud as their coach. They’re a terrific group of kids.”
The Tigers swept the season series with the Poca Dots and claimed the conference championship with the win, as the Chapmanville boys swept to a six matches to zero win.
No. 1 seed Alec Stowers was a 6-0 winner, while No. 2 seed Levi Adkins outlasted his opponent 6-4. No. 3 seed Nick Carter and No. 4 seed Taylor Conley were both winners 6-0. In doubles, Stowers and Adkins won 6-0, while Carter and Conley were 6-0 winners as well.
The CMS girls won eight matches to zero, as No. 1 seed Emily Gore took her match 6-0. No.2 seed Mackenzie Phipps and No. 3 seed Alexis Belcher were 6-0 winners, while No. 4 seed Allison Walls was a 6-2 victor.
In doubles, Gore and Phipps came away 6-0 winners, Belcher and Walls won 6-2, Amanda Hensley and Emily Carter took their match 6-4, while Carley Toler was also victorious 6-0.
The Tigers next claimed the county championship as they took a doubleheader against the Logan Timberwolves at CRHS.
In No. 1 singles Stowers was a 6-0 winner in match one and also a 6-0 winner in match two.
No. 2 seed Adkins took match number one 6-2 and then was a 6-1 victor in match two.
No. 3 seed Carter won 6-0 in match one and 6-2 in match two, while No. 4 seed Conley claimed back to back 6-0 wins in his matches.
In doubles, Stowers and Adkins won both matches by the score of 6-1, Carter and Conley were 6-1 winners in match one, and took match two 6-0.
For the girls, in No. 1 singles Gore won both matches 6-1, No. 2 seed Mackenzie Phipps took match one 6-1, and match two 6-0.
In No. 3 singles, Belcher was a 6-2 winner in match one, and 6-1 in match two, and Walls was a 6-1 and 6-3 victor in No. 4 singles.
In doubles, Gore and Phipps won match one 6-1, and then match two 6-0. Belcher and Walls claimed match one of their doubles 6-4, but the duo of Savannah Baisden and Chyanne Farmer from Logan took match two 7-5.
Hensley and Carter were also able to come away with wins for CMS, as they won match one 6-2, and match two 6-3. Toler was also victorious for the CMS girls, as she won all three of her matches, 6-0, 6-2, and 6-3.
Against Winfield, the CMS boys and girls received a forfeit win, but in the matches played Carter was an 8-6 winner for the boys in No. 3 singles.
On the girls side, Gore was a 6-1 winner in No. 1 singles, Walls took the No. 4 singles match 8-3, and Gore and Phipps were winners in No. 1 doubles 9-8 (8-6).
The Tigers next match is set for Tuesday at Hurricane in a doubleheader. CMS will then close out their season on Oct. 24 against Greenbrier East and West at Coonskin Park.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).