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Photo by Jay W. Bennett Williamstown’s Taylor Isaly uses his forehand to return a short in the Yellowjackets’ 7-0 win Tuesday afternoon over visiting Parkersburg Catholic.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Christi Greathouse, head coach of Parkersburg Catholic Tennis, knew Tuesday’s game in Williamstown was going to be a challenge.

That proved to be the case as the reigning Class AA/A state champion Williamstown boys and Yellowjacket girls scored 7-0 triumphs on their home grounds.

“We had some good matches” admitted Greathouse, who saw lone boy Luc Chazalet fall 8-0 to ‘Jacket Austin Bosgraf’ as the hosts picked up forfeit wins in the other six matches. “It’s definitely a more experienced team. When you play against a team that has so much experience and so much talent, it makes things a bit difficult, but our girls still fought hard and gave it their all.

“Overall, I’m pretty happy. We have a few games, but it’s also a learning experience. Also, we have mostly freshmen and sophomores and that’s a good thing. I’m happy with the way we played. We knew it was going to be difficult. I was happy with their efforts.

Audrey Fenton, a state finalist last year ranked fourth in singles, lost two games to Crusaderette Mary Tokodi-Ruth in their 8-2 triumph. The only other PCHS singles player to win a match was at No. 1 with Akhia Miller, but returning Yellowjacket Taylor Isaly picked up an 8-1 victory.

The senior got match point on a cross forehand which Miller sent back into the net.

In singles No. 2, ‘Jacket Lauren Strobl defeated Sophia D’Eramo 8-0 and London Flores of WHS shut out Grace Sprout of PC in singles No. 3.

Cecillia Shaw and Audrey Sprout of the Crusaderettes lost 8-2 in doubles No. 3 to sophomore duo Claire Strobl and Athenn Stewart. Lauren Strobl and Flores outscored Tokodi-Ruth and D’Eramo 8-1 in doubles No. 2. Isaly and Fenton won 8-0 in doubles No. 1 over Miller and Grace Sprout.

“Really, we only lost to the (Huntington) state triple-A champions last year,” said WHS head coach Diana Leo of her daughters, who join the Yellowjacket boys with identical 10-1 records. “They’re just on a roll.

“They work well together and they move together. They have total determination. Their voices are constantly on. If you’ve watched them in duplicate, you’ll still hear someone talking to the other player.

In his win over Chazalet, Austin Bosgraf had a game-winning goal with a shot between the legs that landed just inside the baseline.

Rainer Holl (#2), Tyler Fenton (#3), and Gavin Bosgraf (#4) each had forfeit wins. Fenton is the No. 3 defending single-state champion. The Bosgraf brothers, who won it all in doubles No. 1 in 2021, joined Holl/Fenton as well as the No. 3 doubles tandem of Gavin Hill and Brandon Gray to pick up wins by forfeit.

“Communication is excellent” added coach Leo, whose program returns to Grafton this afternoon. “We just have a few good couples this year.

“The singles, the girls are on a roll and their serves are fantastic. They keep things deep. Our hands, we have soft hands at the net too, and when we need to beat him, we can.

PCHS, now 6-1 in the girls and 0-7 in the boys, will practice today before hosting Moorefield at 3 p.m. Thursday for a game at Jackson Park.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com




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