LOGAN, W.Va. — For the first time in six years, the Point Pleasant boys tennis team will have a participant in the state tournament after having Dawson Wilson qualify this past weekend at the 2017 Class AA-A Region 4 championships held at Logan High School in Logan County.
Wilson — a sophomore with a 13-2 regular season record — won the third singles competition with a perfect 3-0 mark while securing a spot this Thursday at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex, which will host the 2017 WVSSAC boys tennis championships.
Wilson became the first state qualifier for the boys program since Kylenn Criste advanced in both 2010 and 2011.
Wilson entered the regional tournament as the top seed in third singles, which earned him a first round bye. Wilson went on to lose only six games in three matches, including an 8-1 victory over Winfield in the finals.
The Black Knights — who ended the regular season with an 10-5 mark — finished the weekend with a 7-6 overall record between the seven regional events. PPHS had its best regular season since the 2010 campaign and has only one senior on its 2017 roster.
Junior Bryce Tayengco (8-7 regular season) entered tournament play as the four seed in first singles, which led to an opening round bye. Tayengco ultimately went winless in the regional after dropping his second round match to Huntington Saint Joseph.
Freshman Dylan Tayengco (6-4) won his opening match against St. Joe in second singles, but finished the weekend .500 after dropping his second round match to Chapmanville.
Senior Andrew McComas (10-5) entered tournament play as the four seed in fourth singles, which led to an opening round bye. McComas won his second round match against Nitro, but dropped the next round’s contest against Winfield.
The Tayengco brothers (9-6) won their first doubles opening round match against Sherman, then dropped a second round match against Ravenswood.
McComas and Wilson (11-4) entered tournament play as the three seed in second doubles, which led to an opening round bye. The duo defeated Logan in the second round, but was eliminated by Ravenswood with the following match.
Junior Nick Newell and freshman Carson Chambers (10-5) dropped their opening round third doubles match to Winfield. Newell and Chambers are a pair of first-year players with the boys tennis program.
Wilson is not the only PPHS tennis player advancing to state as junior Bailey Barnett finished third in second singles at the Region 4 girls tournament, making her the first Lady Knight to head to state since Kelsey Albright back in 2015.
The Barnett-Wilson combo is also the first Point Pleasant boy-girl duo at state since Criste and Taylor Somerville advanced together six years ago (2011).
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.