The Chapmanville Regional High School boys and girls tennis teams continued to impress last week, as both moved to 7-1 on the season with wins over regional and conference rivals Poca and Mingo Central.
Against the Poca Dots Chapmanville’s top seed Austin Hanshaw defeated Isaac Neal 8-1.
In No. 2 singles action, the Tigers’ Colton Townsend was an 8-1 winner over Trent Covert, while in No. 3 singles, Chapmanville’s Brycen Kuenzel took down Trey Bush 8-1. In the No. 4 spot, the Tigers’ Cody Saunders was also an 8-1 winner over Isaac Peters.
The Chapmanville boys also swept Poca in doubles, as the No. 1 team of Hanshaw and Townsend defeated Neal and Covert 8-3. The No. 2 team of Saunders and Kuenzel cruised to an 8-1 win against Bush and Jack Pickerski, while the No. 3 team of Kevin Hoops and Austin Evans won by an 8-0 score.
Chapmanville head coach Don Saunders said the boys team has worked hard on improving their game from their 13-3 mark last year.
“We’ve improved across the board,” Saunders said. “Austin Hanshaw’s serve has really improved. Colton has worked hard in the offseason improving his strength and stamina. Brycen and Cody were both just one match away from reaching the state tournament last year and keep getting better each year. And Kevin and Austin Evans have solidified our depth and chances at winning every match.”
On the girls’ side, Chapmanville also swept the Dots in all seven matches, as top seed Cassidy Lewis blanked Bry Herdman of Poca 8-0.
No. 2 player Myla Bryant took down Aryanna Woodall 8-1. In the No. 3 match, Savannah Toney outlasted Asia Davis 8-3, and in the No. 4 singles match, Ciera Stowers defeated Teri Broughman 8-0.
In No. 1 doubles, Lewis and Toney shutout Herdman and Davis 8-0. The No. 2 team of Bryant and Sara Lambert knocked off Woodall and Broughman 8-1, while the No. 3 team of Stowers and Samantha Williams won comfortably over Kianna Carroll and Bekka Heading 8-0.
Assistant coach Geoff Saunders says the expectations have been set high for the team this season.
“The expectations for the CRHS tennis team are very high,” he said. “We have all of our boys back from last year and all but one of our girls, including three former state champions still on the roster. We are eager to show southern West Virginia what high school tennis is all about.”
In the win over Mingo Central, the Tigers swept the season series against their rivals, as the boys and girls teams both won by 7-0 scores.
For the boys, Hanshaw was an 8-1 victor over Matt Christian, Townsend defeated Noah Rhodes 8-1, while Kuenzel and Saunders both received 8-0 wins.
In doubles, Townsend and Hanshaw put away Christian and Rhodes 8-1, while Kuenzel and Saunders, and Hoops and Evans each picked up 8-0 wins.
The Chapmanville girls were equally as dominant, as Lewis took her match 8-4 over Megan Taylor. Bryant didn’t drop a game in defeating Kaitlin Johnson 8-0, Toney took out Madison Taylor 8-1, and Stowers was on the smiling end of an 8-0 win as well.
In doubles, Lewis and Toney knocked off Taylor and Johnson 8-2, while Bryant and Lambert, and Stowers and Williams each received 8-0 wins.
Assistant coach and head coach of the Chapmanville Middle School tennis team Chris Kidd says remaining focused will be key moving forward.
“We’ve had a very nice start,” Kidd said. “Charleston is the ultimate goal, but if we don’t take care of what’s in front of us then we’ve lost focus. Each day we have a different task in front of us because we play almost every day, so keeping your eye on what’s in front instead of what’s ahead can be difficult, but these guys have done a tremendous job of that so far this year. They’re excellent kids both on and off the court and have great character and integrity. They’re just very easy to root for, and they deserve the success they’ve enjoyed so far this year. But we’ve still got a month or so until regionals, so hopefully we’ll peak at the right time.”
The Chapmanville boys and girls teams are scheduled to be in action Monday through Saturday this week.
On Monday, the Chapmanville girls were slated to host the Sherman Tide.
Then the Tigers go on the road for most of the week, as Tuesday they travel to Poca, Wednesday to Charleston Catholic, Thursday to Scott, then will host Parkersburg Catholic on Friday, before heading to Williamstown Saturday morning.
First serve for all weekday matches is 4:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Williamstown will begin at 11 a.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).