CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Persistence pays off.
After losing its first six matches of the season, the Point Pleasant girls tennis team picked up its first victory of the 2014 campaign Saturday following a 6-1 decision over Lincoln County in the first of two matches played at the Kanawha City Schoenbaum Courts in Kanawha County.
The Lady Knights (1-7) ended their winless drought in style as PPHS won all four singles competitions and two of the three doubles contests against Lincoln County. Four of the six victories also came by allowing two or fewer game wins to the opposition.
Valerie Smith posted an 8-0 win over Whitney Ramey in first singles, while Kelsey Allbright earned an 8-0 victory over Taylor Muncy in second singles. Kaitlyn Dunn posted an 8-2 win over Candace Smith in third singles and Gretchen Nibert added an 8-6 win over Kaylee Christian in fourth singles.
Smith and Allbright captured an 8-1 victory over Ramey and Smith in first doubles, while Dunn and Nibert earned an 8-5 win over Muncy and Christian in second doubles.
The LCHS duo of Madison Jeffers and Destiny Napier broke up the shutout with an 8-5 victory over Ealisha Ebert and Macy Adkins in third doubles.
The Lady Knights dropped a 7-0 decision to Logan in the second match, as Smith dropped an 8-1 decision to Lauren Chambers in first singles and Allbright lost an 8-1 outcome to Hayley Hatfield in second singles.
Dunn suffered an 8-6 setback to Morgan Browning in third singles and Nibert dropped an 8-1 decision to Hannah Lester in fourth singles.
Chambers and Browning posted an 8-5 win over Smith and Allbright in first doubles, while Hatfield and Lester earned an 8-1 win over Dunn and Nibert in second doubles. Ebert and Adkins also dropped an 8-2 decision to Brooke Mollet and Adrianna Felming in third doubles.