Three singles titles lead Patriots to conference win

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Repeating its 2011 boys tennis championship, Washington had 17 points at last week’s Potomac Valley Conference tournament with many of those points coming from its three singles champions — Patrik Haglund, Alden Roth, and Austin Thomas.

The Patriots topped runner-up Jefferson (nine points), Martinsburg (eight points), Musselman (six points), and Hedgesville (scoreless).

Haglund was the No. 2 singles titleist when he stopped Musselman’s Jordan Butler, 8-2, in the division’s championship match. Thomas prevailed in the title match at No. 3 where he stopped Musselman’s Kerry Coles, 8-2. In the No. 4 singles finals, it was Roth defeating Jefferson’s Isaac Washington, 8-2.

Washington’s No. 1 player, Will Wheatley, reached that division’s finals before falling, 8-3, to champion Grant Davis of Martinsburg.

Washington initiated its ultimate success in two of the doubles divisions when its No. 1 team of Wheatley/Haglund topped Martinsburg’s Davis/Owen Hamilton, 8-2.

In the No. 2 doubles championship match it was Washington’s Thomas/Roth stopping Musselman’s Butts/Butler, 8-2.

In the No. 3 doubles finals, Martinsburg’s Ryan Springer/Myshaki Abdi defeated Jefferson’s Tyler Offutt/Carlos Nathan, 9-7, in one of the event’s closer matches.

Washington’s Cullen Irving/Cory Coomler were stopped in the semifinals at No. 3 by Jefferson’s Offutt/Nathan.

Other than than championships won by Washington, it was Martinsburg landing the other two titles at No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles.

This week’s Class AAA, Region II tournament begins on Thursday at Jefferson High School. That event continues on Friday at the same locale.

In successfully defending its Potomac Valley Conference girls tennis title, Washington High did not lose any matches and completed last Friday’s tournament with a perfect 21 points.

The Patriots’ won everything possible in the singles division with Angela Pittinger (No. 1), Jill Spuria (No. 2), Melissa Sirbaugh (No. 3), and McKenzie Littleton (No. 4) rolling through their respective matches in unbeaten fashion.

Pittinger was able to defeat Hedgesville’s Margaret Beck, 8-4, in the finals at No. 1. Spuria took the measure of Hedgesville’s Aishu Saluja, 8-1, in the championship match at No. 2.

Sirbaugh stopped Martinsburg’s Molly Beck in the finals at No. 3. And Littleton defeated Hedgesville’s Alexa Cincinnati in the championship round at No. 4.

Darkness slightly cut short the championship match at No. 1 doubles where Washington’s Pittinger/Sirbaugh prevailed when needing only one more game in the abbreviated 7-3 match.

The No. 2 doubles title match went to Washington’s Spuria/Littleton where the Patriot twosome prevailed against Martinsburg’s Beck/Hannah Beale.

At No. 3 doubles, Amber Barr/Molly Banfield won in the title match, 8-2, against Martinsburg’s Sadie Tucker/Sarah Fizer.

Washington has won all four of the Potomac Valley League tournaments it has participated in since the school’s first-year tournament win in 2009.

This year, Hedgesville was second with nine points, Martinsburg third with seven with Musselman notching three points and Jefferson getting two points.

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