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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Youell, McNabb advance to state tennis finals

  • Seniors Taylor Youell and Alex McNabb advanced to the 2013 West Virginia State AA-A Tennis championship finals Friday in dramatic fashion.
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  • Seniors Taylor Youell and Alex McNabb advanced to the 2013 West Virginia State AA-A Tennis championship finals Friday in dramatic fashion. Youell won a momentum shifting 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 decision over Charleston Catholic's Christian Centofani in the championship semifinals of No. 2 Singles Friday at the Charleston CatholcTennis Complex. Youell breezed to a 6-2 win in the opening set, only to have things go south in the second set, losing 6-2. In the third and deciding set, down a match point at 4-5, Youell fought back to hold serve for 5-5, broke Centofani for a 6-5 lead and then won the match 7-5 in a matathon moon ball service game. Youell will face familiar for Olivia Haught of Ritchie County in the championship final Saturday at Schoenbaum Tennis Center in Kanawha City. In Ni. 1 Doubles, the duo of Alex McNabb and Youell made quick work of No. 4 seeds Alastanos/McKee of Bridgeport, 8-1, in a 8 a.m. match Friday. And then won a dramatic championship semifinals match over Spurlock/Juszczak of Oak Glen in the the Charleston YMCAa, where play was moved after thunderstorms pounded the Charleston area. McNabb/Youell had to endure a long delay prior to their match, but rolled to a 6-3 win in the opening set. They led 2-1 and 4-3 before the Oak Glen duo rallied to lead 5-4 on a service break. The teams then exchanged service breaks the next three games to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. In that 12-point tiebreaker, Ravenswood forged a mini-break at 2-1 and led 4-1. Oak Glen closed to 4-2, but McNabb and Youell then closed out the match by winning three straight points for the 7-2 breaker and a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) victory. They will face No, 2 seed Claire Hamilton and Danielle Sadd of Charleston Catholic (who dismissed Ritchie County's Veronica Mueller and Olivia Haught) for the state championship Saturday at Schoenbaum. At No. 3 Singles, junior Bess McNabb battled, but fell in the championship semifinals 6-1, 6-4 to Allie Lamm of Bridgeport. McNabb finished as a state semifinalist.

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