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.
Photos by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg’s Cassandra Powell prepares to return a volley against Parkersburg South's Olivia Osborn Wednesday during their dual match at City Park. Powell scored an 8-2 win as the Big Red girls won, 7-0.
Parkersburg South's Brandon Galici watches his volley against Parkersburg's Saaman Ghodsi. Galici scored the Patriots’ only match win by a 9-8 (9-7) score as the Big Red boys won, 6-1.
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.
at City Park
Parkersburg girls 7,
Parkersburg South 0
Cassandra Powell d. Olivia Osborn 8-2; Amber Kesterson d. Regan Hanlon 8-2; Sheridan White d. Jessie Mongilio 8-3; Sydney Stansberry d. Megan Galici 8-2; Powell/Kesterson d. Hanlon/Mongilio 8-1; Katie Stanley/Katie Gnegy d. Osborn/Galici 8-6; Jennifer Riffle/Kristen Calebaugh d. Ally Monroe/Kaitlyn Fleak 8-0
Exhibition: Stansberry/White d. Kallie Reed/Whitney Justice 8-0; Calebaugh/Riffle d. Alex Richter/Molly Fryman 8-0
Records: PHS 7-0, South 3-4
Parkersburg boys 6,
Parkersburg South 1
Brandon Galici (PS) d. Saaman Ghodsi 9-8 (9-7); Alexander D'Costa d. Juan Cardenas 8-1; Tris Spitsnaugle d. Grant Tebay 9-7; Josh Roberts d. Garrett Dailey 8-5; Ghodsi/D'Costa d. Galici/Dailey 8-2; Spitsnaugle/Roberts d. Cardenas/Tebay 8-2; Rhone Thrash/Landon Wells d. Alex Herring/Gabe Ingram 8-3
Records: PHS 6-1, South 5-2
Next matches: Parkersburg South at Morgantown today; Parkersburg at Morgantown on Friday.
Charleston Catholic boys 7,
Parkersburg Catholic 0
Singles: Mark Cassis (CC) d. Luke Cardenas 8-0; Scott Standish (CC) d. Peter Kieser 8-0. PCHS forfeits No. 3 and 4 singles.
Doubles: Cassis-Jad Malas (CC) d. Cardenas-Keiser 8-1. PCHS forfeits No. 2 and 3 doubles.
Charleston Catholic girls 6,
Parkersburg Catholic 1
Singles: Claire Hamilton (CC) d. Audrey Eisenmann8-0; Christina Centosanti (CC) d. Jillie Wiseman 8-0; Danielle Sadd (CC) d. Erica Tracewell 8-4; Kate Clowes (PC) d. Jenny Borman 8-5
Doubles: Hamilton-Sadd (CC) d. Wiseman-Tracewell 8-2; Centosanti-Ellie Grubb (CC) d. Eisenmann-Clowes 8-2. PCHS forfeits No. 3 doubles
Next match: Ritchie County at Parkersburg Catholic, 4 p.m. Friday at Jackson Park
Parkersburg South boys 5,
St. Clairsville 0
Singles: Garrett Dailey (PS) d. Caden Myers 6-0, 6-0; Juan Cardenas (PS) d. Chris Baker 6-1, 6-1; Grant Tebay (PS) d. Austin Douglas 6-2, 6-1
Doubles: Brandon Galici-Dailey (PS) d. Chris Toohey-Daniel Trouten 6-0, 6-0; Tebay-Cardenas (PS) d. Chase Wiethe-Alexander Trouten 6-0, 6-0; Gabe Ingram-Evan Fleak (PS) d. Nathan Kennon-Robey Fish 6-0, 6-2
Exhibition: Brandon Weber-Ethan Powers (PS) d. Nthan Kennon-Robey Fish 6-0, 6-2; Jacob Liebau-Alex Herring (PS) d. Chris Toohey-Chase Wiethe 8-1; Austin Douglas-Chris Baker (STC) d. Brandon Weber-Ethan Powers 8-2
Parkersburg South girls 7,
St. Clairsville 0
Singles: Olivia Osborn (PS) d. Paige Dennis 8-0; Regan Hanlon (PS) d. Samantha Hodgson 8-0; Jessi Mongilio (PS) d. Danielle DeNoble 8-4; Ally Monroe (PS) d. Kaelin Gandee 8-2
Doubles: Hanlon-Mongilio (PS) d. Dennis-Hodgson 8-1; Osborn-Megan Galici (PS) d. DeNoble-Gandee 8-1; Monroe-Whitney Justice (PS) d. Alex Clark-Kelly Strama 8-1
Exhibition: Kaitlyn Fleak-Molly Fryman (PS) d. Alexa Clark 7-5; Paige Dennis-Samantha Hodgson (STC) d. Leah Roberts-Kallie Read 8-1
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.