PARKERSBURG - Tris Spitsnaugle held a 7-6 advantage, but then had to rally past Parkersburg South's Garrett Dailey for a 9-8 victory via a 7-2 tiebreaker at No. 2 singles for host Parkersburg here Wednesday at City Park as the Big Reds swept the rival Patriots in a tennis dual.
Two weeks ago at the Erickson All-Sports Facility, the Patriots also were swept. The PHS girls won 7-0 and the Big Red boys earned a 5-2 victory. However, on a cool Wednesday afternoon the red and white of head coach Pam Reeves scored identical 7-0 triumphs.
Dailey had one of those two Patriot victories earlier this month when he upended Spitsnaugle, 9-7, and appeared to be in good shape this time around up 8-7 with serve in hand. However, Spitsnaugle - a Davis & Elkins recruit - rallied to force the tiebreaker.
Photos by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg High School No. 2 singles player Tris Spitsnaugle returns a volley Wednesday afternoon at City Park during his match against Parkersburg South’s Garrett Dailey. Spitsnaugle won 9-8 via a 7-2 tiebreaker.
Parkersburg South No. 1 singles player Regan Hanlon, sporting a purple T-shirt in support of Anna Gordon’s fight to find a cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia, returns a shot during her match Wednesday against Parkersburg’s Cassandra Powell.
The Big Red only trailed once at 2-1 when he returned a volley into the net. After that, the PHS senior led for good in the tiebreaker at 3-2 when his soft shot on the sideline turned into a winner and had complete control at 4-2 after a Dailey double fault.
Parkersburg's No. 2 doubles tandem of Neema Saadevandi and Rhone Thrash picked up an 8-3 triumph versus Camilo Sarzosa and Alex Herring. The Patriot duo won the initial meeting of the season 9-8 (7-4).
Big Red Alexander D'Costa scored an 8-0 win in No. 1 singles against Grant Tebay. Josh Roberts, who won 8-2 against the Patriot Sarzosa earlier this month, was challenged, but came away with a 9-7 victory. Saadevandi blanked Herring, 8-0.
In the other two boys doubles matches, D'Costa and Spitsnaugle won 8-2 against Tebay and Dailey while Roberts and Landon Wells won 8-2 at three doubles versus Franklin Miller and Josh Cramlett.
Parkersburg South's girls, who dropped to 5-5 with the Patriot boys falling to 7-3, had their most competitive match at No. 3 singles. However, Patriot Madison Matheny was upended by Katie Gnegy, 8-3.
Cassandra Powell scored an 8-0 victory at No. 1 singles against Patriot Regan Hanlon. Sydney Stansberry topped Jessie Mongilio 8-1 at two singles and Alex Olson knocked off Ally Monroe, 8-2, at No. 4 singles.
In the girls doubles, which all were played prior to the singles matches, Olson and Powell beat Hanlon and Mongilio 8-1 at the No. 1 position. Stansberry/Gnegy won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles against Matheny/Monroe. In three doubles action, Verena Hohe and Ashley Casto handled Breanna Cox and Molly Fryman, 8-1.
PHS, which now has a 9-1 boys record and an 8-2 mark on the girls side, returns to action this afternoon at Wheeling Park.
Parkersburg South also hits the road today and visits John Marshall.