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MX News Update 2024

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Local teams are headed to the state tennis tournament while UHS girls look to defend the team title

MORGANTOWN – The 2024 WVSSAC state tennis tournament will be held today through Saturday at the Kanawha City Community Center and YMCA in the capital city of Charleston.

Morgantown and University high schools will have both boys and girls competing this weekend for the chance to capture individual championships and a potential team title.

For the University High girls team, the 2023 Class AAA state champions will look to defend their team state championship. Lyla Byers and Emma Rusiecki will each also compete in the individual singles.

“For the girls to repeat, we need strong play from Lyla and strong doubles and doubles play,” said UHS head coach Tom McClellan. “I just want them to stay focused on the basics, execute and play for each other.”

For the UHS boys, freshman Kalman Nagy qualified for the individual tournament as the Class AAA Region I champion. He is joined by Andrew McClellan for doubles.

“Kalman has developed well throughout the year by adapting to the new level of tennis,” said McClellan. “He’s got a tough draw, but if he hits away he might have a chance to go deep in the tournament. He and Andrew are a strong doubles team that also has a tough draw, but one of their best matches of the year was against Hurricane, one of the best teams in the state.

The Morgantown girls team also qualified for the team round, with Maya Greenlee being the lone qualifier for the individual singles competition. She will also participate in the doubles tournament with her partner Anika Chadha.

“We always strive to play our best tennis come tournament time,” MHS girls coach Ted Greenlee said. “Despite some injuries, we did well at the regionals and we hope to peak this weekend. Regionals showed us that anything can happen on any given day. We beat UHS 5-2 during the regular season and then lost 4-1. I will tell them to focus on each individual point, but also relax and enjoy the experience.

The Mohigan boys team will make the trip after winning the Region I team title. Three players compete in the individual competition, with Wyatt Abbitt, Solas Chinn-Kreiner and Larry Du all securing their spots. Abbitt is joined for the doubles competition by partner Max Chen as Region I champion.

“The spring weather made it difficult to get some traction this season, so we missed some games, but we’re not as sore or confused as usual,” MHS boys coach Sam Hall said. “Despite this, the boys have continued to work hard and try to peak at the right time. For us, the state tournament is about having fun within our tennis community. We are relatively young; five of our seven are sophomores or freshmen and the potential of this team is enormous.”

Play starts at 8 a.m. each day from both the KCCC (outside) and the YMCA (indoor). Both venues will be used on Thursday and Friday, with Saturday’s matches all being held at KCCC, weather permitting.