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Williamstown netters too much for visiting Parkersburg Catholic

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Williamstown’s Taylor Isaly uses her forehand to return a short during the Yellowjackets’ 7-0 victory Tuesday afternoon against visiting Parkersburg Catholic.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Parkersburg Catholic head tennis coach Christi Greathouse knew Tuesday’s match at Williamstown was going to be a challenge.

That turned out to be the case as the defending Class AA/A state champion Williamstown boys and the Yellowjacket girls earned 7-0 triumphs on their home courts.

“We had some good matches,” admitted Greathouse, who watched lone boy Luc Chazalet fall 8-0 to ‘Jacket Austin Bosgraf as the hosts earned forfeit victories in the other six matches. “They are definitely a more experienced team. When you play a team that’s got as much experience and as much talent it makes it kind of difficult, but our girls still battled and they gave it their all.

“Overall, I’m pretty happy. We got some games, but it’s also a learning experience, too. Plus, we’ve got freshmen and sophomores mainly and that’s a good thing. I’m happy with the way we played. We knew coming in it was going to be tough. I was happy with their effort.”

Audrey Fenton, last year’s state runner-up at No. 4 singles, lost a pair of games to Crusaderette Mary Tokodi-Ruth in her 8-2 triumph. The only other PCHS singles player to secure a game was at No. 1 with Akhia Miller, but returning all-state Yellowjacket Taylor Isaly secured an 8-1 victory.

The senior secured match point on a cross-court forehand that Miller returned into the net.

In No. 2 singles, ‘Jacket Lauren Strobl bested Sophia D’Eramo 8-0 and London Flores of WHS blanked PC’s Grace Sprout at No. 3 singles.

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

“Really, we’ve only lost to the state champions (Huntington) of triple-A last year,” said WHS head coach Diana Leo of her girls, who join the Yellowjacket boys with identical 10-1 records. “They are 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 doubles you will always hear somebody talking to the other player.”

In his win versus Chazalet, Austin Bosgraf had a baseline winner with a shot between his legs that landed just inside the back line.

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

“The communication is excellent,” added coach Leo, whose program returns to action this afternoon at Grafton. “We’ve just got some good pairings this year.

“The singles, the girls are on a roll and their serves are fantastic. They are keeping things deep. Our hands, we’ve got soft hands at the net, too, and when we need to pound it we can.”

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

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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