The Chapmanville Regional High School tennis team won more titles than any team at the Cardinal Conference tournament last year but after losing eight starters from the team due to graduation they weren’t expected to be much of a threat at this year’s tournament.
The Tigers, though, proved everyone wrong.
Chapmanville ended up winning more matches than any other team at this year’s tournament, which was held last week at the Barboursville Indoor Courts.
Chapmanville’s girls are currently 10-2 on the season and the boys are 8-4.
“We’ve definitely have been a surprise this season to many teams and even to ourselves,” Chapmanville coach Don Saunders said. “They’ve worked really hard to stay competitive this year and to win three titles and make the finals in so many matches is really exciting. I’m happy for the kids.”
CRHS assistant coach Chris Kidd was also happy with the results.
“I’m happy that the work they’ve put in is paying off,” Kidd said. “I know a lot of people didn’t expect much from us this year, and rightfully so after losing so many starters, but you can never judge a groups heart and determination and this group has taken a page from last years team in that category. We’ve not been the most talented team in matches, but these kids just refuse to quit or believe teams are better than them, and that’s what makes them so easy to cheer for and coach. I’m very proud of them.”
Chapmanville won three championships at the Cardinal Conference meet.
Sravya Pidaparthi won the title in the No. 3 singles match, her third Cardinal Conference crown overall.
Lasya Pidaparthi, just a freshman, took the title in the No. 4 singles and then teammed with Sravya Pidaparthi to win the No. 2 girls’ doubles championship. Sravya also won a conference doubles title with Natasha Williams last season.
Several other Chapmanville players performed well, too.
No. 1 singles player Williams, a senior, made it to the finals and was second.
Sophomore Haley Justice, a No. 2 singles player, also had a second-place runner-up finish.
In girls’ doubles, Williams and Justice made it to the finals as well and took second place.
Seniors Megan Farley and Natalie Welty were runner-up in the No. 3 doubles.
On the boys’ side, Chapmanville No. 3 Colton Townsend, a freshman, took second place.
In the No. 1 boys’ doubles, Chapmanville junior Max Spradlin and senior David Cavins were runner-ups.
The No. 2 doubles tandem of Townsend and junior Donovan Abraham were second place as well.
The Chapmanville tennis team was schedueld to play at Poca on Monday before hosting Sherman on Tuesday, Man on Thursday and Poca on Friday.