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May 17, 2014

Marion county eliminated from state tennis tourney

CHARLESTON — Marion County tennis players turned in their final matches of the season Friday at the state tennis tournament in Charleston.

Entering the day just East Fairmont's no. 2 doubles team of Erica Gorman and Brittiany Brumage and Fairmont Senior’s No. 3 team of Eviana Barnes and Jasmine Johnson remained.

Barnes and Johnson dropped lost their match in dramatic fashion. After losing the first set, 6-4, they won the second set by the same score to forced a decisive third set. In the 6-game set, Bluefield went ahead and eventually won 8-6.

For East Fairmont, Brumage and Gorman fell behind to a team from Bluefield, 6-1. They rallied to get as close as 7-4, but couldn’t get any closer.

"We kind of dug a hole,” said East Fairmont coach Rodney Anselene. “We just kind of ran out of game. We were playing much better toward the second part of the match.”

Despite the loss, Anselene said he considers the season to be a success.

“The expectation for us was that we were in a rebuilding mode,” he said. “In the girls side I think exceeded what some of the kids thought would happen. We made great strides.

“On the boys side, we won several matches and had several groups of kids close to the state tournament. We've got a lot of kids in the program. I think we're continuing to head in the right direction.”

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