Oak Glen’s Juszczak repeats as WV champ
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Oak Glen sophomore Madison Juszczak added some more hardware to her collection with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Weir’s Barbie Sulimanova-an exchange student from the Czech Republic-on Saturday to claim the West Virginia Class AA-A state No. 2 singles tennis championship at Kanawha City courts.
“Madison arrived as a freshman last year already with a lot of knowledge on how to play tennis,” Oak Glen coach Ken Keller said. “She has a great all-around game, and has added to it by working very hard. She never lets up.”
Juszczak was nursing a sore shoulder during the championship match and frequently had to ice it during breaks. Still, she had enough to make it a clean sweep of Sulimanova who she beat twice during the regular season.
“Madiosn came into the match with a lot of confidence based on the regular season matchups,” Keller said. “But Sulimanova has gotten a lot better as the year has gone on and she made Madison earn it today.”
Juszczak was the No. 4 singles state champion last year as a freshman. Players are slotted one through four in singles play based on ability level.
“To be honest, I knew she was a good player, but I did not necessarily expect her to be a state champion when she came in,” Keller said. “She has worked very hard to improve her game. She still has two years to go and has a lot of big things ahead of her.”