By: Paul AdkinsSports Editor
September 7, 2012
CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Middle School tennis teams made it a sweep over Ravenswood on Wednesday night on the road.
The CMS girls won 9-0, while the Chapmanville boys were a 6-1 winner over the Red Devils.
Tigers’ coach Chris Kidd said he was happy with his team’s performance.
“Ravenswood has traditionally been a tough team for us to play and even tonight they were really toug,” Kidd said. “A lot of the matches could have gone either way and they had us down in a lot of them. Our kids seemed a little out of it after a week off, but fortunately we got settled in after a while and started to play like we know we can. I was proud of the effort they showed. A lot of them said they weren’t playing their best, but that’s when you know you’re becoming a good player and good team when you can persevere in matches like these. Ravenswood isn’t a team you can have off days against and expect to have great results, but I’m glad we had enough in the tank to pull this one out tonight.”
In the girls’ match, Chapmanville No. 1 singles player Cassidy Lewis won 6-4 over Ravenswood’s Grace Weekley.
“Cassidy is in a new role and is going to get every teams best shot,” Kidd said. “She was our four seed last year so this is a big jump for her. She was down 3-2 and battled hard against a really tough girl. She has seemed a little uneasy at the beginning of matches, but she’s a tough girl and loves to compete. I was really proud of this win for her. I think it will get her rolling.”
In the No. 2 girls’ singles match, Chapmanville’s Abby Marcum was a 6-0 winner over Madison Boothe.
“Abby is still fighting through a knee injury, but she’s just a good athlete,” Kidd said. “She might be the best athlete in the school boy or girl. Even with her injury she doesn’t want to sit out of matches or even exercises in practices. I’ve had to force her to ease up, but that’s just the competitor she is. She loves to play, and I admire her heart.”
The Lady Tigers’ Hali Baldwin won 6-2 over Ravenswood’s Erin Burke.
“Hali was down 2-0 and then reeled off the last six games,” Kidd said.
In the No. 4 singles, Chapmanville’s Myla Bryant defeated Cheyenne Curtis 6-0.
“Myla is my utility player so to speak. I can put her in any position or pair her with anyone and she is going to succeed. You need people like this on your team, even your tennis team and I’m glad she’s able to fill that roll. I can rely on her in any situation,” Coach Kidd said.
In the No. 1 doubles, Lewis and and Marcum (6-2), Baldwin and Bryant (6-0) and Richelle Thompson and Samantha Williams (6-0) were all winners for CMS. Thompson and Williams also won a second match, 6-0. Bryant and Myka Veres also won 6-0.
“This was Veres’ first match ever and she is my only girl who isn’t an eighth-grader. She was nervous but she went out and played really well. I was so happy for her and hopefully she can add even more depth to our team,” Kidd said.
In the boys’ match, Chapmanville No. 1 singles player Brycen Kuenzel won 6-2 over Ravenswood’s Nick WIlliams.
“Brycen has had two very impressive wins so far. He’s been working hard at improving every aspect of his game, and now that he’s growing he just keeps being more and more formidable on the court. I’m excited for his future in this sport,” Kidd said.
Chapmanville No. 2 Austin Hanshaw won 6-3 over Cody Williams.
“This was only Austin’s second match and he’s won both and looked good doing it,” Kidd said. “His mother Janet Hanshaw used to coach Logan High School’s team. He likes to play and he’s enjoying it. Austin has a tremendous amount of potential if he applies himself and wants to make this his sport. The skies the limit for him.”
In the No. 4 singles, Chapmanville’s Josh Miller beat Nicolas Gray, 6-1.
In the No. 1 doubles, Kuenzel and Jeremy Lilly of CMS won 6-4. Hanshaw and Preston Dingess (6-4) and Miller and D.J. Conley (6-4) were also winners.
The CMS tennis team was scheduled to play Fatima, a team from Cabell County, on Thursday. Chapmanville is then slated to host Ripley on Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the Chapmanville tennis courts.