Oak Glen splits a pair against John Marshall

GLEN DALE, W.Va. — High school tennis has reached the midway point of the season and every team is preparing for the final stretch run toward the postseason. John Marshall and Oak Glen are no different as the two squared off at John Marshall on Monday.

The John Marshall boys were victorious over the visiting Golden Bears by a 6-1 count, while the Oak Glen girls topped the Monarchs 5-2.

“Its been a rollercoaster season full of ups and downs,” John Marshall coach Brad Howard said. “We just have to get them prepared for the end of the season for the OVACs and the regionals. We have been kind of hot and cold, but they are improving. There is still a ways to go but I thought our guys looked a lot better (Monday). Our 1s and 2s looked really good and our No. 3 also looked better. The boys are really starting to come along.”

The Monarchs’ No. 1 in the singles event is Jacob Rose, who defeated Oak Glen’s lone senior, Devon Flanigan, by an 8-3 count.

Despite falling to Rose, Flanigan has shown plenty of improvement and is eyeing a strong run down the stretch.

“Flanigan is hanging in there with all of the best players,” Oak Glen boys’ coach Tammi Brown said. “He hangs in there point-for-point and he badly wants to be a state qualifier. I think he is improving every time that he is on the court and has shown a lot of maturity and growth since the season started.

“We are a very young team but we are improving every time that we play and we are excited about that.”

In the girls action, it was Oak Glen that continued a solid start to its season to improve its record to 10-1.

“We are very happy with our performance (Monday),” the Golden Bears girls’ coach Kenneth Keller said. “Our girls’ tennis team is having a good season with just one loss.

“John Marshall is a very strong team and they came to play. They have a good team, nice kids and nice coaches and I like everything about this place. John Marshall is tough competition and tough competition always makes you better and that is what we like.”

GIRLS

Oak Glen 5, John Marshall 2

FIRST SINGLES: Katie Szymanski (OG) def. Hannah Stevey, 8-1

SECOND SINGLES: Visakha Turner (JM) def. Molly Swartzmiller, 8-0

THIRD SINGLES: Brooke Provenzano (OG) def. MacKenzie Whorton, 8-2

FIRST SINGLES: Ally Brothers (OG) def. Nikkie Wilson, 8-5

FIRST DOUBLES: Szymanski-Swartzmiller (OG) def. Stevey-Visakha, 8-5

SECOND DOUBLES: Provenzano-Brothers (OG) def. Nikki Wilson-Celina Armstrong, 8-3

THIRD DOUBLES: Whorton-Emily Wright (JM) def. Cristal Tetmult-Abby Chavez, 8-0

BOYS

John Marshall 6, Oak Glen 1

FIRST SINGLES: Jacob Rose (JM) def. Devon Flanigan, 8-3

SECOND SINGLES: Riley Glines (JM) def. Tyler Ridgway, 8-2

THIRD SINGLES: Brian Koston (JM) def. Brogan Moran, 8-5

FOURTH SINGLES: Daniel Yoho (JM) def. Parker Provenzano, 9-8 (8-6)

FIRST DOUBLES: Rose-Glines (JM) def. Flanigan-Moran, 8-1

SECOND DOUBLES: Ridgway-Lantz (OG) def. Kotson-Cole Perry, 8-5

THIRD DOUBLES: Joel Varner-Yoho (JM) def. Connor Blake-Provenzano, 8-5

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