Blue Devils go unbeaten again, repeat as SEOAL champs

Bryan Walters

May 9, 2014

CENTENARY, Ohio — To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s like deja vu all over again.

The Gallia Academy tennis team went unbeaten for the second straight regular season and also clinched its second consecutive outright Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championship this past week following wins over Athens and Logan.

The Blue Devils (12-0, 8-0 SEOAL) have now won 33 straight regular season matches, which includes a 17-0 record last year and four wins to close out the 2012 campaign. GAHS clinched its seventh SEOAL tennis title in school history and its sixth outright crown.

It is the third SEOAL repeat for Gallia Academy, which also accomplished the feat in both 1976-77 and again in 2005-2006. The 2006 squad shared the league title with Athens after posting matching 6-2 SEOAL marks.

The Blue Devils clinched the SEOAL title Tuesday with a 5-0 victory at Athens, which was also the score of the first time the Bulldogs and GAHS met on the courts.

Connor Christian posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Condee in first singles, while Miles Cornwell earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Skinner in second singles. AHS had to forfeit the third singles match due to a lack of players.

Varun Sharma and Ana Wilcoxon earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over Boyd and Mitchell in first doubles, while Colby Caldwell and Pooja Dayal wrapped up the clean sweep witha 6-4, 6-0 decision over Hwang and Kinghorn in second doubles.

The Blue Devils wrapped up their perfect league season at home Thursday night with a 4-1 victory over Logan. LHS dropped a 3-2 decision to Gallia Academy earlier in the season.

Christian earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Polly in first singles, while Joseph Sebastian netted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lingerak in second singles. Caldwell dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Kudlapur in third singles, giving Logan its only win.

Sharma and Wilcoxon picked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Auker and Mann in first doubles, while Logan forfeited the final doubles match — giving GAHS an unblemished 8-0 mark within SEOAL play.