POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Spring Valley had the best player. The Lady Knights had the better team.
The Point Pleasant girls tennis team had a triumphant start to the 2017 campaign after posting a 5-2 win over visiting Spring Valley in a non-conference matchup at The Courts in Mason County.
The host Lady Knights (1-0) claimed majority wins in both singles and doubles competition, but the Lady Wolves (0-1) notched a pair of victories in the matches that Katie Swann participated in.
Swann, a senior that qualified for state last year and has given a verbal committment to the University of Charleston, posted an 8-0 win over Olivia Pyles in first singles. Swann and Kim Holland also landed an 8-5 win over the PPHS duo of Pyles and Bailey Barnette in first doubles.
That, however, was the only success that SVHS enjoyed on the evening as the Lady Knights surrendered only one game in the remaining five matches.
Barnette posted an 8-1 win over Holland in second singles, while Danielle Marcum and Sarah Deem both scored 8-0 wins over Jennifer Parson and Jayonn Kim in third and fourth singles matches respectively.
Marcum and Deem netted an 8-0 victory over Kim and Becca Blatt in second doubles, while Kenlee Bonecutter and Caroline Foreman captured an 8-0 win over Sarah Furry and Katey Reffitt in third doubles.
Point’s Olivia Martin also claimed a 6-1 win over Katey Reffitt in an exhibition match.
Point Pleasant returns to action Thursday when it hosts Lincoln County at 4:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.