POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Not exactly the start that Point Pleasant had hoped for.
Visiting Nitro spoiled opening day for the Lady Knights tennis team by claiming a 7-0 victory Monday night during the first-ever matches played at the new tennis courts located on the campus of Point Pleasant Junior-Senior High School ini Mason County.
The Lady Wildcats won three of their seven matches by an 8-0 count and claimed two more victories with matching 8-1 decisions, as the host Lady Knights managed to win just 14 of the 71 games played in the season opener.
The best match of the evening came in second singles, as Point’s Kelsey Allbright and Abigail Cadle of NHS battled to an eight-all tie — forcing a tiebreaker. Cadle eventually picked up a 9-8 match decision with an 8-6 victory in the tiebreaker.
Allbright and Valerie Smith suffered an 8-4 setback to Olivia Darby and Natalie Dotsenko in second doubles, while Kaitlyn Dunn dropped an 8-1 decision to Renee Engle in third singles. Gretchen Nibert also suffered an 8-1 loss to Paige Moore in fourth singles.
Smith suffered an 8-0 setback to Olivia Darby in first singles, while Dunn and Nibert dropped an 8-0 decision to Cadle and Engle in second doubles. The PPHS duo of Ealisha Ebert and Macy Adkins also lost an 8-0 decision to Savannah Hunter and Caitlyn Calhoun in third doubles.