Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 15, 2014

Beavers have mixed results in state tennis

CHARLESTON — Day No. 1 of the West Virginia Class AA/A state tennis tournament is in the books and the boys and girls teams from Bluefield High School won and lost matches.

Play was moved indoors to the Charleston Family YMCA due to rain in the capital city.

For the boys No. 1 Francesco Desiderio beat Ethan Cross of Ravenswood in his first match, 8-5. Desiderio then lost in the quarterfinals to Noah Cable of Charleston Catholic 8-5. At No. 3 boys Wesley Stump defeated Nick Williams of Ravenswood, who withdrew. Stump will face Tyler Zubick of Charleston Catholic today in the semifinals.

No. 4 boys Chris Lawless takes on Allen Alimario of Weirton Madonna today with the winner playing for the championship of Saturday.

Doubles action also starts today for the boys.

Desiderio and Lawless at No. 1 received a bye and will play a team from Scott. The No. 2 doubles team of Jordan Vollmar and Stump take on a duo from Ravenswood, and at No. 3 doubles Zack Taylor and Mark Clapp meet a squad from Weirton Madonna.

Team standings for the boys sees the Beavers tied for fifth place with three other schools. Charleston Catholic sits in first place.

On the girls side at No. 1 Molly Lovern topped Alissa Link of Fairmont Senior 8-2 before falling in the quarterfinals to Allie Yoho of Robert C. Byrd 8-4.

Zoe Nicewander at No. 2 received a first round bye, but fell 8-6 to Alyse Lewis of Huntington St. Joseph. Alex Lewis, playing at No. 3, beat Madison Hill of Oak Glen 8-3. Lewis will face Kate Clowes of Parkersburg Catholic in a semifinal match today. No. 4 player Claire Bailey will play Morgan Duerr of Madonna today in a semifinal match.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Lovern and Nicewander received a bye and will play the Pidapath sisters from Chapmanville in the semifinals. The No. 2 doubles team of Bailey and Lewis will take on a duo from East Fairmont, and the No. 3 doubles squad of Emma Cole and Camilla Deeb take on a pair from Oak Glen.

In the team standings the Bluefield girls are one of six schools tied for fifth place. Four teams are tied for first, Huntington St. Joseph, Oak Glen, Parkersburg Catholic and Petersburg.

The tournament continues through Saturday. In the event of rain matches will be played indoors at the Charleston Family YMCA instead of at the Kanawha City Courts.

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