Photo gallery: Morgantown, University compete at state tennis tournament

MORGANTOWN — It was a dominant opening performance for the University boys’ and Morgantown girls’ tennis teams at the state tournament in Kanawha City.
All four singles teams for the Hawks advanced to the semifinals, led by No. 1 Kyle Hawthorne, who defeated Musselman’s Lane Burner (8-1) and Hurricane’s AJ Noel (9-7).
No. 2 Andre Barcinas had a bye in the first round and beat Huntington’s Luke Lovejoy 9-7 (8-6 tiebreaker). Barcinas was down 7-4 at one point but rallied to earn the win.
In doubles play, No. 1 of Hawthorne and Barcinas beat Washington’s Michael Barr and Samuel Dyck.
No. 4 singles Jameson Walters and No. 2 doubles McClellan/Walters earned byes and will compete for the first time Friday.
“The team overall came to play today,” UHS coach Tom McClellan said. “All players encountered struggles during their matches yet adjusted to their opponent to overcome. All of our players were down at one point but rallied to victory. I was also so amazed at the sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst the teams. It was wonderful to see.”

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