A split decision for PHS, GW

PARKERSBURG – It was a 7-0 win each way at City Park Thursday afternoon as visiting George Washington and Parkersburg High split a tennis match with the Big Red girls and Patriot boys coming out on top.

The PHS girls were impressive in taking the shutout win over what Big Reds head coach Pam Reeves said was ”a fairly-new GW girls team. Our girls handled the situation well, and to sweep it was wonderful.”

On the boys side, Reeves said the Patriots ”are a stacked team, so even though they were missing their No. 1 player, I thought our boys did well.”

In the boys singles, at No. 1, PHS’ Saaman Ghodsi came back from a 7-2 deficit to make it a 7-4 match before bowing out at 8-4. At No. 2, Alexander D’Costa also battled back to get within 6-5, but despite some excellent volleys by him down the stretch, dropped an 8-6 decision to GW. At No. 3, the match flip-flopped back and forth with the Big Reds’ Tris Spitsnaugle having the lead at 3-2 and 5-4, but eventually coming out on the short end of the 8-5 final score.

The best boys doubles match was at No. 2, where the PHS duo of Ghodsi and Josh Roberts led 7-6, only to see GW surge into an 8-7 lead and go on to post a 9-7 win.

For the Big Red girls, they led throughout all the singles to win convincingly by no less than a four-point margin in any of the four matches.

But the most entertaining encounter of the day came at No. 2 girls doubles. GW went out to a 7-4 advantage, but Reeves’ ”Katie squared” twosome of Katie Gnegy and Katie Stanley not only fought back to close to 7-6, but then earned an 8-8 tie, sending the outcome of the match to a tiebreaker, won 7-3 by the Big Reds for a 9-8 victory.

Reeves, while acknowledging her team Thursday ”did very well, especially some of our new kids playing singles,” noted that ”we don’t have a senior, boy or girl, on this year’s squad, so we only look up higher and we look forward to the future.”