PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Rather than a sibling rivalry, the Wilcoxons are one tough tennis tandem.
That’s because — for the second consecutive season — Adriana and Pierce Wilcoxon won the Division II sectional tennis doubles tournament, which was held on Monday and Tuesday at Portsmouth High School.
Although the Wilcoxons have played in singles competition all throughout this regular season, they are teamed up again as Gallia Academy’s first doubles duo — and even as the top seed.
Adriana is a senior while Pierce is a sophomore, as they repeated as doubles champions — and automatic Division II district meet qualifiers.
In both seasons, the Wilcoxons were the number-one seed in the sectional, and this year only dropped five games total in five matches played.
In the championship match, they blanked Marietta 6-0, 6-0 — as Marietta was the third-seeded squad.
Pierce played primarily first singles all season, while Adriana was the Blue Devils’ third-singles player.
Adriana — in fact — was 11-1 in her senior campaign, losing only to Jackson junior Connor Radune, who was undefeated.
The Wilcoxons — district semifinalists from last season — will now return to the Southeast-East District tournament, which is set for Saturday, May 21 at Ohio University’s Golf & Tennis Center.
The district meet features four sectional winners from the East District and eight sectional winners from the Southeast District.
In sectional singles play, Gallia Academy junior Miles Cornwell won his first two matches, defeating representatives from New Boston (first round) and Portsmouth Clay (second round).
He advanced to the third round, where he lost to Athens’ Austin Condee — the Bulldogs’ first-singles player.
With big serves and several aces, Cornwell played the final match on Monday night, finishing under the lights at 10:05 p.m.
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