WEST LIBERTY -Participating in Region 1 for the first time, Parkersburg High's tennis teams dominated the competition, as both the Big Red boys and girls ran away with the regional team titles.
Parkersburg's boys won six of the seven championships, including all four singles titles. The Big Red girls won five titles, including three singles crowns.
"It was a great day,'' said PHS coach Pam Reeves, whose teams put themselves in a strong position to compete for state championships next week when the West Virginia high school tournament is conducted Thursday through Saturday in Charleston. "We accomplished our goal. We had a good tournament and played a lot of good matches.''
The Big Red boys dominated the singles matches, with No. 4 seed Saaman Ghodsi winning the No. 1 singles title with an 8-4 win over Brandon Galici of Parkersburg South; Alexander D'Costa taking the No. 2 crown with an 8-5 triumph over Sven Wurmuth of University; Tristram Spitsnaugle capturing the No. 3 championship with an 8-4 win over Grant Tebay of Parkersburg South; and Josh Roberts taking the No. 4 title with an 8-4 win over top-seeded Alex Gutierrez of University. Parkersburg's no. 1 doubles team of Ghodsi and D'Costa defeated their foes from University, 8-5, and the Big Red No. 3 squad of Rhone Thrash and Landon Wells also won.
In the girls competition, Big Red Cassandra Powell breezed to the title, winning her three matches, 8-1, 8-0 and defeating Morgantown's Stephanie Arnold in the finals, 8-2. No. 2 Amber Kesterson, who lost in the semifinal round, came back to qualify for the state with an 8-1 win over Parkersburg South's Regan Hanlon. Sheridan White took the No. 3 singles title with an 8-2 win over Cassie Seamon of University while Sydney Stansberry lost a heartbreaker in the No. 4 singles championship match, falling to University's Morgan Zerkle, 9-8 (7-4).
In the doubles matches, Powell and Kesterson dropped their No. 1 title match to a Morgantown duo, 8-4, but still qualified for the state. At No. 2 doubles, the two Katies -Stanley and Gnegy, fought off a strong challenge from a University pair to take an 8-6 win in the title match. Parkersburg's No. 3 doubles team, composed of seniors Kristen Calebaugh and Jennifer Riffle, dominated their foes from University, 8-1, to punch their tickets to the state.
Parkersburg South will be represented at the state meet by Galici, a senior, in the No. 1 singles competition, and by Tebay, a junior, at No. 3 singles.