CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys and girls tennis teams have roared out of the gate.
Both teams are 5-0 to start the season.
Not only have the Chapmanville tennis teams started out undefeated, but they have not dropped a single set of the 70 they have played thus far.
Last season, the Chapmanville boys’ tennis team set a school record for wins, going 13-3 on the season, including their first win in school history over tennis powerhouse Charleston Catholic, while also claiming the first conference title for the boys’ team in school history.
The girls’ team tied the school record for wins last year going 15-4, equaling their win total from 2014, as the girls’ team took home their second straight conference title, including sending three players to the state tournament.
The Lady Tigers, which lost only one senior in Haley Justice, hope to make another deep run this year.
In Chapmanville’s opening match the Tigers blanked Westside 7-0.
The top seed on the boys’ team, Austin Hanshaw, was an 8-1 winner over Garrett Bailey. No. 2 seed Colton Townsend won his match 8-3 over Tanner Evans. No. 3 seed Brycen Kuenzel took his match 8-0 over Levi Conner and No. 4 seed Dakota Saunders was victorious over Mitchell Blackburn 8-3.
In doubles, the top team of Hanshaw and Townsend won 8-0 over Bailey and Evans. The No. 2 team of Kuenzel and Saunders blanked Conner and Blackburn 8-0, while the No. 3 team of Austin Evans and Kevin Hoops also won 8-0 over Justin Perry and Chase Justice.
In the girls’ match, the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Renegades 7-0.
CRHS top seed Cassidy Lewis won 8-0 over Molly Abbott. No. 2 seed Myla Bryant knocked off Jessica Wrableski 8-0. No. 3 seed Savannah Toney was an 8-0 winner over Makaleigh Stacy and in the No. 4 seed match, Ciera Stowers was an 8-0 winner as well over Tiffany Browning.
In doubles, Lewis and Toney took down Abbott and Stacy 8-0. The No. 2 team of Bryant and Sara Lambert were 8-0 winners over Wrableski and Dominque Mosley and the number three team of Stowers and Samantha Williams took their match 8-0 over Browning and Sydney Toler.
In a recent match against the Man Hillbillies, the Tigers once again won every match on the boys’ and girls’ side, as Hanshaw won 8-1 over Jacob Schoolcraft, Townsend was an 8-3 victor over Richie Nelson, Kuenzel shutout Casey Johnson 8-0, while Saunders was an 8-0 winner as well against C.J. Justice. In doubles, Hanshaw and Townsend defeated Schoolcraft and Nelson 8-1, Kuenzel and Saunders knocked off Justice and Matt Sanders 8-0, and Evans and Hoops took their match 8-0 over Noah Ellis and Carter.
For the girls, Lewis defeated Emma Justice 8-3, Bryant took down Katie Curry 8-1, Toney was an 8-0 winner over Alyssa Adkins, and Stowers knocked off Taylor Hatfield 8-0. In doubles, Lewis and Toney took their match 8-3 over Justice and Curry, Bryant and Lambert were 8-0 winners over Adkins and Lesly Vance, and Stowers and Williams were also 8-0 winners over Allison Justice and Grace Crosby.
In their recent rematch against Westside, Hanshaw won 8-1, Townsend took home an 8-2 win, Kuenzel was victorious 8-0, and Saunders won 8-2. In doubles, Hanshaw and Townsend took their match 8-3, while Kuenzel and Saunders, as well as Evans and Hoops, both swept their respective matches 8-0.
For the girls, once again they not only didn’t drop a match, they didn’t drop a single game to the Lady Renegades, as Lewis, Bryant, Toney, Stowers, Lambert and Williams all won their matches 8-0.
Against conference rival Mingo Central, Hanshaw defeated Matt Christian 8-0, Townsend knocked off Noah Rhodes 8-2, while Kuenzel and Saunders both picked up 8-0 wins. In doubles, Hanshaw and Townsend blanked Christian and Rhodes 8-0 with Kuenzel and Saunders, and Evans and Hoops following suit with 8-0 wins of their own.
The Lady Tigers were equally as successful, as Lewis took her match 8-2 over Megan Taylor, Bryant was an 8-1 winner over Kaitlyn Johnson, while Toney and Stowers each cashed in 8-0 wins. In doubles, Lewis and Toney defeated Taylor and Johnson 8-1, while Bryant and Lambert, and Stowers and Williams both received 8-0 victories.
In their second meeting with the Man Hillbillies the Tigers once again shut out their county rivals, as Hanshaw won 8-0, Townsend was an 8-4 winner, while Kuenzel and Saunders both won 8-0 in singles. In doubles, Hanshaw and Townsend, Kuenzel and Saunders, and Evans and Hoops all won by the identical score of 8-1.
In the girls match, Lewis won 8-2, Bryant took down her opponent 8-1, with Toney and Stowers each winning their singles matches 8-0. In doubles, Lewis and Toney, Bryant and Lambert, and Stowers and Williams each took their doubles matches 8-1.
The CRHS tennis teams are scheduled to get back into action on Monday, April 4, when Chapmanville hosts conference rival Poca at 4:30 p.m. The Tigers will also host Charleston Catholic next Tuesday, travel to Mingo Central next Wednesday, and stay on the road next Thursday as they head to Sissonville to take on the Indians. All matches will begin at 4:30 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).