The Chapmanville Regional High School tennis team was ousted from the state tourney on Friday in Charleston.
In girls’ action, Chapmanville No. 1 singles player Emily Stroud lost to a Shady Spring player, 8-4.
Chapmanville’s No. 1 doubles tandem of seniors Allie Carter and Kylie Clay lost 8-4 to Wyoming East. Clay is the first girl in Chapmanville history to compete in singles (2011) and doubles in the state tournament. She lost in singles last year to the eventual state champion from Wheeling Central.
On the boys’ side, No. 1 singles player Seth Deskins, fell to a Oak Hill player who was the top seed in the region.
In the No. 3 state singles match, Chapmanville sophomore Kishan Patel lost to Bluefield, 8-4.
Chapmanville’s No. 1 doubles duo of Deskins and Patel lost to a pair from Bluefield. Deskins and Patel are the first boys to ever make the state tournament in singles and doubles in Chapmanville history.
As a team, the CRHS tennis team closed out with a 14-3 record for the girls and 12-5 mark for the boys. This was the most state qualifiers Chapmanville has ever had. All seven seniors are valedictorians.
“This has been a lot of fun this year,” Chapmanville coach Don Saunders said. “I’m incredibly proud of their effort and what they’ve accomplished. These are very deserving kids and very good kids and it was great to watch them reach their goals this year. I hate to lose some of them, but I’m excited about their future.”
CRHS tennis should be in good shape again next year.
All four Cardinal Conference champions — Patel, Max Spradlin, Natasha Williams and Syravia Pidaparthi — are returning. Haley Justice and Donovan Abraham are also coming back.
“The middle school program, which I think is going to pay off big time in the future, has a lot of players moving up and coming back that are going to be excellent once they get to the high school level,” Chapmanville Middle School coach and CRHS assistant coach Chris Kidd said. “We start three-week practice in June and the season in September. Last year was just our second year and our girls went 11-1 and the boys went 9-3, and I’ve got nine of those girls and three of those boys returning for their eighth-grade year this fall. Chapmanville tennis is about to make some people do more than sweat or talk about what a good story they are. We’re about to do some damage whether we have help or not, and that attitude is all thanks to this group of kids this year.”
Logan High School’s tennis team also played in the state tourney in the Class AAA division.
Logan’s Tyler Howerton and Tyler Norman lost 8-3 to Huntington in the No. 2 doubles.
No other results were available.