HUNTINGTON – Ripley’s tennis season ended last week with regional play in Huntington.
Unfortunately, the Vikings and Lady Vikings came up empty handed in the super-strong Class AAA Region 4 Tournament.
In boys action, No. 1 Jamison Hunt lost to Cabell Midland’s Christian Beam, 8-4. No. 2 player Cody Ramsley fell to Midland’s Corey Ross, 8-1. In the No. 3 competition, Caleb Bailey dropped an 8-1 setback to Seena Saadevandi of Parkersburg. Enzo Garani fell to Adam Cook of Hurricane, 8-4, in the No. 4 match.
Hunt/Ramsey lost to Beam/Ross of Midland, 8-4, in No. 1 doubles play. Micheal Dawson/David Evans of Parkersburg South won 8-2 over Bailey/Garani in the No. 2 showdown. Jon Leibau/Isaiah Powers of Parkersburg South won 8-0 over Ripley’s Micah Ranson/Aiden Barnette in the No. 3 doubles match.
In the girls division, Katie Swann of Spring Valley downed Cheyenne Jones, 8-0, in the No. 1 singles match. Mary Pierson lost in the No. 2 match to Hurricane’s Rebecca Osborne, 8-0. Hurricane’s Katelyn Shirkey was an 8-0 winner over Megan Barnett in the No. 3 match. Regan King lost to Cabell Midland’s Kailin Stricklen, 8-0, in No. 4 singles play.
Jones/Pierson lost to Lauren Graham/Osborne of Hurricane, 8-0, in the No. 1 doubles match. Barnett/King dropped an 8-0 match to Olivia Woodward/Olivia Jenkins of Huntington and Brooke Hatcher/Grace Zuniga fell to Cassie Woodrum/Sophie Bright of Huntington, 8-0, in No. 3 doubles.
“This season was the worst weather I can ever remember,” head coach Steve Hunt said. “We only got in nine matches and not very many practices. So, it made it very difficult for the kids to get better. Under the circumstances, I thought the kids did get better and never let the adversity affect them.
“With better weather I think we could’ve gotten one or two boys in the State Tournament again. We are in such a difficult region, by the far the toughest. It’s tough to get wins, but the kids persevered and enjoyed playing and trying their best.”