Parkersburg Catholic tennis wrapped up their season in perhaps the best possible way last weekend at the Charleston Family YMCA. After three days of tough play, the boys emerged with the state team title. The girls team finished in fifth place.
In addition to the team championship, many of the boys were crowned as champions within their divisions. Top seed Nash Morris breezed through opponents from Keyser, Chapmanville, and Wheeling Central before meeting up with Ravenswood’s Max Hilton. In a dramatic comeback, Morris won the match 1-6, 7-5, 6-1. Second seed Noah Chidester defeated a tough Ravenswood opponent in his first match, before cruising to wins over Chapmanville and Charleston Catholic to win the title. Brendan Smith beat St. Mary’s, Charleston Catholic, and East Fairmont players, dropping only two games in the process. Aidan Roberts was successful at fourth-seed, beating North Marion and Charleston Catholic to win the bracket. The two-seed doubles team of Smith and Roberts also won, beating Berkeley Springs, Charleston Catholic, and Lincoln. Morris and Chidester earned three points in one doubles, beating Chapmanville and Winfield before falling to undefeated champions Hilton and Nick Williams of Ravenswood in two tight sets.
The team finished with 19 points, eight clear of second place Ravenswood, to secure the first boys title since 1999.
The girls side was much more limited for the Crusaders, as only two entries were in the state draw. Marie Discini opened with dominant wins over North Marion and Winfield, then beat Nitro and St. Joseph Central in the semifinals and finals, respectively. Discini then teamed up with Hannah Sprout for one doubles. The duo earned one point for winning the region, therefore advancing to the second round via a bye. However, they lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Winfield 8-5. Winfield went on to dominate the competition elsewhere, winning the title by eight points.