Last updated: April 26. 2014 12:37AM - 1279 Views
By - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Gallia Academy senior Colby Caldwell, left, hits a backhand as second doubles teammate Pooja Dayal watches on during Wednesday's SEOAL tennis match against Portsmouth in Centenary, Ohio.
Gallia Academy senior Colby Caldwell, left, hits a backhand as second doubles teammate Pooja Dayal watches on during Wednesday's SEOAL tennis match against Portsmouth in Centenary, Ohio.
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The Gallia Academy tennis team remained unbeaten in regular season play following a trio of wins this week over Jackson, Portsmouth and Ironton.


The Blue Devils (8-0, 6-0 SEOAL) enjoyed a very good week, as the Blue and White clinched a share of the 2014 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title and also picked up the program’s 29th consecutive regular season victory.


GAHS defeated the host Ironmen on Monday by a 5-0 count, then picked up home wins of 3-2 over Portsmouth on Wednesday and 5-0 over Ironton on Thursday.


Gallia Academy earned straight-set wins over JHS on Monday. Connor Christian posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Kirby in first singles, while Joseph Sebastian earned a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Radune in second singles. Miles Cornwell also picked up a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Conley in third singles.


Varun Sharma and Ana Wilcoxon netted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Coyan and Garcia in first doubles, while Colby Caldwell and Pooja Dayal notched a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Crabtree and Evans in second doubles. GAHS also defeated Jackson by a 5-0 count back on April 2 in Centenary.


The big match of the week came during the Blue Devils’ 3-2 win over Portsmouth on Wednesday, which clinched a share of Gallia Academy’s second straight league title. Christian earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Hicks in first singles, then got wins from both doubles teams to wrap up the narrow triumph.


Sharma and Wilcoxon posted a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Clayton and Shugert in first doubles, while Caldwell and Dayal netted a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Ellis and Pridemore in second doubles.


Sebastian dropped a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) decision to Purdy in second singles and Cornwell lost a 7-6 (10-8), 6-2 contest to Carson in third singles. GAHS defeated Portsmouth by a 4-1 count at PHS back on April 17.


Sebastian netted a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Cosby of Ironton in first singles, while Cornwell picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Bowles in second singles. Wilcoxon won a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Weisgarber in third singles.


Sharma and Tyler Stewart earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dusty and Rawlings in first doubles, while Caldwell and Dayal wrapped up the sweep of Ironton with a 6-1, 6-0 win over McCowin and Wald in second doubles.

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