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  • Unbeaten Youell, McNabbs qualify for state tennis tournament

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  • PARKERSBURG – Unbeaten senior Taylor Youell of Ravenswood rolled through the Class AA/A Region I No. 2 Singles' bracket to the championship, but the match of the tournament was played and won by junior Bess McNabb at No. 3 Singles.
    Youell, a state runner-up in 2011 and a state semifinalist in 2012, had only one brief close call in the semifinals versus Ritchie County's Olivia Haught. Haught led 3-1 in the early morning match Friday before Youell rallied and rolled to an 8-5 decision. She bageled East Fairmont's Skyler Morgan, 8-0, in the quarterfinals and overpowered Ali Welch of Madonna, 8-2, in the championship match. She will enter her final state tournament unbeaten as a Top Four seed.
    No. 4 seed Bess McNabb played a near perfect match in the quarterfinals, beating Alissa Link of Fairmont Senior, 8-2.
    In the semifinals versus unbeaten Jessie West of Ritchie County, McNabb trailed 4-1 before rallying to grab a 7-6 lead. In the climactic game, McNabb won the match on a perfectly executed lob to the baseline with West charging the net. The win put McNabb into the state tournament (top two regional placers advance) and dismissed West with her first singles' loss of the season.
    McNabb lost 8-4 in the championship match to cross-court slice specialist Abbi Sayre of Oak Glen.
    At No. 1 Doubles, No. 4 seeds Alex McNabb and Taylor Youel rolled past Nester/Branch of Fairtmont Senior 8-0, but dropped a hard-fought 8-6 decision to No. 1 seeds Veronica Mueller/Olivia Haught in the semifinals. McNabb and Youell rallied to lead 6-5, but dropped the final three games of the grudge match.
    However, McNabb/Youell regrouped to their quarterfinal form to overpower No. 3 seeds Boyles/Morgan of East Fairmont in the consolation match, 8-2, to qualify for the state tournament. The state doubles berth is McNabb's third in four years (she was state runner-up at No. 2 Doubles in 2011 with partner Hannah Gurtis).
    Ravenswood Tennis Regional Results:
    No. 1 Singles-ETHAN CROSS def. Carl Nichols (North Marion); lost to Khris Musgrove (East Fairmont).
    No. 2 Singles-SEAN MATICS lost to Jake Beilhart (Oak Glen), 8-6.
    No. 3 Singles-MICHAEL DANISHANKO drew bye; lost to Marcus Moore (St. Marys), 8-1.
    No. 4 Singles-LOGAN TUCKER lost to Taylor Campbell (Fairmont Senior), 8-4.
    No. 1 Doubles-CROSS/MATICS drew bye; lost to Holbert/Orton (Fairmont Senior), 8-2.
    No. 2 Doubles-DANISHANKO/ELIAS MCKOWN drew bye; lost to Moore/Harris (St. Marys), 8-4.
    No. 3 Doubles-TUCKER/KURT TENNANT drew bye; lost to Giorcelli/Devaul (Fairmont Senior), 8-4.
    No. 1 Singles-ALEX MCNABB def. Katie Nester (Fairmont Senior), 8-2; lost to Catherine Boyles (East Fairmont), 8-3.
    No. 2 Singles-TAYLOR YOUELL drew bye; def. Skyler Morgan (East Fairmont), 8-0; def, Olivia Haught (Ritchie County), 8-5; def. Ali Welch (Madonna), 8-1; AA/A REGION I CHAMPION.
    Page 2 of 2 - No. 3 Singles-BESS MCNABB drew bye; def. Alissa Link (Fairmont Senior), 8-2; def. Jessie West (Ritchnie County), 8-6; lost to Abbi Sayre (Oak Glen), 8-4; AA/A REGION I RUNNER-UP.
    No. 4 Singles-KERIGAN CROW drew bye; def. Halle Runnion (St. Marys), 8-0; lost to Madison Juszczak (Oak Glen), 8-1.
    No. 1 Doubles-ALEX MCNABB/YOUELL drew bye; def. Nester/Branch (Fairmont Senior), 8-0; lost to Mueller/Haught (Ritchie County), 8-6; def. Boyles/Morgan (East Fairmont), 8-2; AA/A REGION 1 THIRD PLACE QUALIFIERS.
    No. 2 Doubles-BESS MCNABB/CROW def. Robinson/Hinerman, 8-0; lost to Costello/Brumage (East Fairmont), 8-2.
    No. 3 Doubles-JORDAN DANKO/JORDAN MATICS drew bye; def. Simons/Towns (Fairmont Senior), 8-0; lost to Pizzurro/Hill (Oak Glen), 8-6.
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