The Times West Virginian

April 24, 2014

Polar Bear tennis sweeps East: PHOTOS

North drops match to Lewis County

Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Last week East Fairmont’s girls’ tennis team beat Fairmont Senior, 4-3.

Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.

Alissa Link won No. 1 singles, 8-4. Morgan Hoke won No. 3 singles, 9-7. And Avery Towns won No. 4 singles, 8-5, for the Polar Bears.

In No. 2 doubles, Hoke and Towns teamed up for an 8-6 win. And in No. 3 doubles, Eviana Barnes and Jasmine Johnson rounded things out with an 8-5 win.

“It was nice to see that the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles were the ones that pulled strong tonight,” said Fairmont Senior coach Mark Giorcelli. “They had some really nice matches and fought hard.”

East Fairmont’s No. 2 Cara Laswell picked up an 8-2 singles victory. She also teamed up with Carrington Reese for an 8-3 win in No. 1 doubles.

The Bees were missing their No. 3 singles player and No. 2 doubles player. East Fairmont coach Rodney Anselene said it came back to hurt his team.

“In a positive light, even though we got beat we still had chances to win,” he said. “Missing our No. 3 made a difference, but we still had chances. I’m proud of that.”

The Fairmont Senior boys’ team also picked up a 5-2 win.

No. 1 Logan Orton won decisively, 8-0. No. 2 Blake Hoke earned an 8-2 decision. And No. 3 Taylor Campbell picked up an 8-4 victory.

The success continued into doubles where Orton and Hoke won 8-0. Campbell and Trey Giorcelli also won 8-6.

“All in all, I think I’m starting to touch base will all of them,” said Mark Giorcelli. “Each one has a different thing to work on. It’s fun to connect with each of them.”

For East Fairmont, No. 4 Zachary Henline won 8-2. And Isaac and Evan Flohr won 8-2.

Anselene said that although he would have liked to win, he is seeing development from his players. He also noted that his goal is to promote tennis throughout Marion County, not just at East Fairmont.

“You could tell that (Giorcelli’s) girls’ and boys’ teams have made strides over the past month and a half,” he said. “Both coaches want them to like the game and progress as players. The goal is to have the kids get better and find enjoyment in the game the way we have.”

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The North Marion girls’ tennis team dropped its match with Lewis County Wednesday, 5-2.

Dajia Jones earned a victory in No. 4 singles, and the No. 3 doubles team of Breanna Lewis and Becky Luketic also picked up a win.

The boys’ tennis team also fell to Lewis County Wednesday at home, 6-1.

Carl Nichols and Ryan Childs won in No. 1 doubles for the Huskies’ lone victory.