Morgantown girls, University boys capture Region I tennis titles

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — For University junior Kyle Hawthorne, Morgantown’s Ben Rosiello has been a dangerous foe.
Twice this season, Rosiello defeated Hawthorne in singles action.
When the two met again Thursday in the Region I No. 1 singles final at Ridgeview Racquet Club, Hawthorne made sure it was a different outcome, pulling off a 9-8 (10-8) tiebreaker victory.
The action between the two was fierce and neither gave up much ground in trading games.
Eventually, the rivals dueled to an eight-all tie in a championship thriller, needing an extra game to determine a winner. When the dust settled, Hawthorne emerged victorious.
“It was a great win. It was probably the best high school match I’ve ever watched,” UHS coach Tom McClellan said. “It was excellent. The players on both teams played extremely well.
“The only thing I asked him to do was I told him he needed to go out and show heart for his team. He really came out and showed just how much heart he had.”
McClellan’s words of advice worked, as Hawthorne credits his coach with keeping him composed during the crucial stages of the match. He believes the win will set the tone for a solid outing at the state tournament in Charleston.
“It really helped. I felt like I was a lot more calm and ready for what was coming up,” said Hawthorne of his coach’s counsel. “It’s a crazy feeling to get this win. It’s just a huge shift in momentum.”
Hawthorne helped secure a clean sweep for the Hawks in singles competition at the meet.
Andre Barcinas earned an 8-1 win to take the top-finish in No. 2 singles, Tommy McClellan cruised to victory in No. 3 singles with 8-0 shutout in the final, and Jameson Walters defeated Morgantown’s Ben Shi in No. 4 singles for the championship.
McClellan and Walter also earned the top finish in No. 2 Doubles with an 8-4 win, and the Hawks would go on to capture the boys’ Region I championship as a team.
In No. 1 Doubles, Morgantown High’s Hamilton Hall and Rosiello won the championship, defeating Barcinas and Hawthorne.
The Mohigans would finish in a tie for third place overall.

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