PHS tennis sinks South

PARKERSBURG – No. 1 singles player Brandon Galici registered Parkersburg South’s lone victory on a warm and breezy Wednesday afternoon inside City Park, but it wasn’t nearly enough as host Parkersburg swept the Patriots in tennis action.

The Big Red No. 3 doubles duo of Jennifer Riffle and Kristen Calebaugh registered the only shutout as they picked up an 8-0 triumph versus Parkersburg South’s Ally Monroe and Kaitlyn Fleak.

Galici and Parkersburg’s Saaman Ghodsi were locked into a tight back and forth battle. Ghodsi led 5-4 only to have his Patriot counterpart rally for a 6-5 lead and after Galici held serve it looked like the win was forthcoming with the 7-5 cushion. However, Ghodsi refused to back down and not only held serve, but then broke Galici to tie the match at seven apiece.

Once the tiebreaker started in the eventual 9-8 (9-7) win for Galici, the Patriot roared out to a quick 5-2 edge as Ghodsi had a shot go just out and made a trio of unforced errors. Despite trailing, Ghodsi continued to battle and after a leaping smash shot at the net the tiebreaker was even at six and then again at seven. However, Galici earned the win after getting a long shot from the baseline in and then having Ghodsi double fault.

Parkersburg South’s Grant Tebay tried to get his match versus Tris Spitsnaugle into a tiebreaker, but the Big Red held on for a 9-7 win at No. 3 singles. Alexander D’Costa topped Juan Cardenas 8-1 in No. 2 singles while Josh Roberts picked up the fourth singles win via an 8-5 score against Patriot Garrett Dailey.

Parkersburg’s top two girls – Cassandra Powell and Amber Kesterson – scored identical 8-2 triumphs versus Olivia Osborn and Regan Hanlon, respectively. Sheridan White posted an 8-3 No. 3 singles victory against Jessie Mongilio and Big Red Sydney Stansberry knocked off Megan Galici, 8-1, at four singles.

Osborn and Galici put up the best battle for Parkersburg South (3-4) in doubles action, but the No. 2 duo of Katie Stanley and Katie Gnegy pulled through for an 8-6 win as Gnegy got match point on a crosscourt forehand which had no chance of being returned. Powell and Kesterson took care of business at No. 1 doubles with an 8-1 win against Hanlon and Mongilio.

Also in doubles action, Ghodsi and D’Costa won at the No. 1 position against Galici and Dailey, 8-2. Rhone Thrash and Landon Wells took three doubles with an 8-3 win against Patriots’ Alex Herring and Gabe Ingram. At No. 2 doubles, Spitsnaugle set up match point with a smashing hard overhand shot at the net and finished off the win with his partner Roberts by getting match point when his forehand shot was returned into the net for an 8-2 win against Cardenas and Tebay.

Parkersburg South, which now has a 5-2 record for the boys, is scheduled to return to action this afternoon at Morgantown.

The Big Red girls improved to 7-0 while the red and white boys are now 6-1. PHS was supposed to play host to Capital today, but that has been moved to Monday. The Big Reds are now set to return to the courts on Friday in Morgantown.