Oak Glen runner-up in Class 1A-4A
WHEELING – The OVAC Tennis Championships concluded Thursday at the Wheeling Park bubble with the girls singles competition.
The Morgantown High girls followed suit with the Morgantown High boys from Wednesday, winning the Class 5A division with a dominating performance with 24 points. Rival University was runner-up with 20 points.
The Class 1A-4A division was won by the Linsly girls with 13 points. Oak Glen was runner-up with nine points. Weirton Madonna placed third with six points.
At the No. 2 singles position, Oak Glen’s Madison Juszczak dropped an 8-1 semifinal decision to eventual champion Amika Ekanem of Linsly.
Juszczak reached that point after beating Wheeling Park’s McKenzie Rodgers (8-5) and Wheeling Central’s Maricris Pangilinan (8-0).
Rodgers defeated Weirton Madonna’s Christina Conforti, 8-5, in the opening match.
Conforti was later named the girls winner of the Carol Strasser Sportsmanship Award for outstanding sportsmanship during the course of the championships. John Marshall’s Austin Litman won for the boys.
Brooke’s Lauren Shelton defeated John Marshall’s Natalie Marsh in the opener, before losing to Morgantown’s Lexie Rosiello. Both scores were 8-1.
Weir’s Barbara Suliminova and Indian Creek’s Deseree Taylor lost in the first round.
At No. 1 singles, Oak Glen’s Haley Spurlock defeated Parkersburg South’s Regan Hanlon (8-2) in the first round, then lost (8-1) to eventual champion Abby Rosiello of Morgantown.
Weirton Madonna’s Ali Welch downed Indian Creek’s Jessica Furda (8-3) before dropping an 8-1 decision to Linsly’s Jackie McDermott.
Brooke’s Cassidy Bland and Weir’s Claudia Diaz lost in the first round.
At No. 3 singles, Weirton Madonna’s Elizabeth Conforti lost (8-1) in the semifinals to eventual champion Brooke Franklin of University. Conforti stopped Parkersburg South’s Madison Matheny (8-5) in the quarters.
Oak Glen’s Madison Hill downed Indian Creek’s Addie Winland, 8-4, in the first round, then lost (8-3) to Morgantown’s Sydney Kacik.
Weir’s Bailee Tusick and Brooke’s Katie Conaway lost in the first round.
At No. 4 singles, Oak Glen’s Katie Szymanski edged Brooke’s Maddie Marks, 8-6, in the opening round, then dropped an 8-0 count to Morgantown’s Lily McKnight.
Weirton Madonna’s Morgan Duerr lost (8-2) to Parkersburg South’s Ally Monroe in the quarterfinals.
Indian Creek’s Karli Celestin and Weir’s Ashley Anderson lost in the first round.