Williamstown Boys and Charleston Catholic Girls Rehearse as Class AA-A Tennis Champions

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — History repeating itself was a theme Saturday for the culmination of the Class AA-A Boys’ and Girls’ State Tennis Tournaments at the Charleston Catholic Players Club.

For a second straight year, the tag team titles were won by the Williamstown boys and Charleston Catholic girls. This was the fourth championship won by the boys in the WHS and it came after the Yellowjackets won two of four singles titles and all three doubles titles.

“They’ve been training so hard, and they come to train, and then some of the best are going to train afterwards until 9 at night,” WHS coach Diana Leo said. “They come in before school in the morning. The level of maturity and their determination to be the best is incredible. They shoot for each other.

Williamstown’s doubles play was essential in allowing the Yellowjackets to repeat. Brothers Austin Bosgraf and Gavin Bosgraf picked up a win over Charleston Catholic’s Nick Giatras and Connor Waybright in the No. 1 Final.

It was the final game of the event and wrapped up the tag team title, which saw Williamstown top runner-up Charleston Catholic with 17 points to the Irish’s 15.

“Their game together is impeccable and it’s amazing to see how these two work together,” Leo said. “They could go out on a college field right now and beat people up, because they have such good mojo and good communication and they’re very mature.”

In doubles No. 2, the WHS duo of Rainer Holl and Tyler Fenton teamed up for a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the final over Keyser’s Hunter Powell and Kaleb Kitzmiller.

The Yellowjackets also won the No. 3 doubles title as freshmen Brandon Gray and Gavin Hill overcame the first set to defeat Charleston Catholic’s Patrick Griffith and Andrew Hanna 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 .

“We had a hard time deciding who was going to be our third men’s doubles team this year because we have a lot of depth,” Leo said. “We had two boys who played last year in a state championship and it was hard not to put them in the third double. But the freshmen came along and proved they could do it.

On the singles side, Holl earned a No. 2 title with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 win over Waybright. The Yellowjackets also earned a first-place finish in singles game No. 4 from Gavin Bosgraf, who scored a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Winfield’s Mitchell Proper.

The Williamstown men’s tennis team clinched a second consecutive Class AA-A championship. Photo by Greg Carey/WVMetroNews.com

The two titles not won by Williamstown both went to Charleston Catholic, who narrowly missed out on a tag team title a year after not having a men’s program.

Giatras defeated Austin Bosgrf in a thrilling No. 1, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 final. Ethan Bastin gave the Irish a second singles title when he claimed the No. 3 crown with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory over Powell.

“We’ve been preparing and training all year to play in Williamstown,” Irish coach David Sadd said. “We didn’t win and I told them we were outplayed by a good team and we were beaten. There’s nothing wrong with getting beat up. Pull your cap off and carry on.

For the Irish women’s team, a second consecutive championship marked the program’s No. 15 title. Each of these championships dates from 1996, all but one since 1999.

This one featured two singles titles and a pair of doubles championships as the CCHS had no difficulty playing at the desired level despite constantly taking the best shot from the opposition in large part because of the success story of the Irish.

“We face pressure from everyone trying to bring you down,” Sadd said. “No offense to the San Diego Padres, but I tell the kids, ‘Nobody hates the Padres. They hate Tom Brady, the Yankees and the Dodgers. So be comfortable with it or not. Our kids did a really good job of handling the pressure of people coming after them all the time.

The Irish totaled 16 points to Chapmanville’s 11, and a big reason for that was the play of rookie Nadia Orcutt and junior Annie Cimino.

Orcutt picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Courtney Curnutte of Chapmanville in the No. 1 singles final, while Cimino clinched the No. 2 title with a 2-6, 6-1 victory , 6-0 over Logan’s Riley Moore. .

“It’s so nice to be able to have a kid go over there and take care of business in straight sets without tough sets,” Sadd said of Orcutt. “Easy matches from Thursday until the end, which gives us the opportunity to spend more time on closer matches.”

The same duo helped help Catholic win two doubles titles. Orcutt and Hannah Attasi earned a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 1 Final over the Huntington St. Joseph duo of Reagan Haughey and Jenna Bates.

Cimino teamed with Molly Murphy to give CCHS a No. 2 doubles championship with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Logan’s Brooke Wooten and Ashton McDonald.

“Talk about someone absolutely soaring through the clouds – that’s Annie Cimino,” Sadd said. “She brings it all the time and no matter what you tell her to do, she will do it. No matter what you tell her to try, she’ll try it and she won’t give up.

“She has the biggest heart in the state. She lost the first set in singles and doubles today and came back and won in three sets. It’s not easy here. This is not a place for someone who is only into team sports. You need to be pretty comfortable in your own skin with everyone looking at you.

Of the three remaining women’s titles, two were won by Williamstown, who finished third for a second consecutive year. Audrey Fenton of the Yellowjackets won the No. 4 singles championship with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Carmen Mahon of the Tigers. Williamstown also secured a No. 3 doubles title as Claire Strobl and Athenn Stewart teamed up to defeat Emily Carter and Emily Hughes of Chapmanville 6-2, 6-3.

Emma Bryant of Chapmanville was the third singles champion, a title she won with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over London Flores of Williamstown.

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