BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Tennis Teams were back in action Monday, March 21, as they welcomed the Wheeling Park Patriots to town. On the boy’s side, the Buccaneers claimed a 5-2 win over the Patriots on the courts of West Virginia Wesleyan College, only dropping matches on the #1-seed line in singles and the #3-seed line in doubles. The victory moved the Buccaneers to 3-0, as a team, in the young 2022 season. The Lady Bucs on the other hand had a much tougher day, getting swept 7-0 by the Patriots, with only #3-seed Madelyn Frye making a real run at the win, losing her match, 5-8. The loss dropped the Lady Bucs to 0-3 so far in 2022, however there are many positive signs showing that this team is trending in the right direction.
In boy’s action, the Bucs’ #1-seed senior Aden Pitts, was upset in his match against Wheeling Park’s Bareden Koon by a score of 8-4. #2-seed fellow senior Caden Andrick bested the Patriots’ Wyatt Andrews by a score of 8-3. Together, Pitts and Andrick, the Buccaneers #1-seed doubles duo collected the win over Koon and Andrews in a hotly contested 9-7 affair.
When asked about the difference between his singles loss and the doubles victory, Pitts explained, “I’ve always considered myself a better doubles player. When I have a partner, I can really rely on, it’s a lot of fun and great for what we can do. Caden has a very level head and is very consistent, but he also has the ability to hit aces and winners when we need them the most. All of his strengths really counteract my weaknesses like not being as consistent and having the very bad tendency to not play as hard as I can at all times. In our first match against Wheeling, we were actually down 4-1 and we made a comeback to win 9-7 in large part to Caden setting up the points for me to finish them. In our second match we won quite easily. We got a break early on in the match and ran away with the rest of it using the same strategy as our first match. Against Keen individually I lost because of what an amazing athlete he is. He’s a great guy and a lot of fun to play but I do plan on winning our next match together.”
When asked about his leadership style and how he supports his teammates when things aren’t going his way individually, Pitts said, “When it comes to my team, I do my best to provide strategic insight and whenever they ask me about a specific shot, I try to work with them on that and set up a point to where they can practice it. I always try to cheer for and support both the men’s and women’s team. My performance doesn’t have any effect on how I support them because my mistakes are not theirs and I want them to exceed in the best ways possible for them.”
The Buccaneers’ #3-seed Mauricia Menendez, #4-seed Hank Phillips won their matches, 9-7 and 8-1, respectively to put the Buccaneers up 3-1 at the conclusion of singles play. The Buccaneers also won on the #2-seed line for doubles, as Mauricio Menendez and Hank Phillips to took down the Patriots duo of Nick Trischeler and Grant Kenamond by a score of 8-1. The team of Bailey Cleavenger and Donovan Cutlip lost to Wheeling Park’s Evan Stingle and Charlie Desaia by a final score of 4-8 to round out the boy’s action.
The girl’s team, struggle against the highly touted Wheeling Park team, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Lady Bucs, as several players continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
The two B-UHS tennis team’s upcoming match against the Bridgeport Indians was rescheduled for April 27. The tennis teams have a full schedule of dates set for this week, as they play at John Marshall on Monday, April 4, at home against Robert C. Byrd Eagles on Tuesday April 5, home against the North Marion Huskies on Wednesday April 6, at home against the Morgantown Mohicans on Thursday April 7, and finally an away match against the East Fairmont Hornets this weekend on Saturday April 9.