POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Finally.
After dropping its opening five matches of 2016, the Point Pleasant girls tennis notched its first win of the season Tuesday night following a 6-1 decision over visiting Spring Valley in a non-conference match at The Courts in Mason County.
The Lady Knights (1-5) picked up two of their six wins by forfeit in singles play and also went 1-1 in the remaining singles contests, then swept all three doubles matches while earning their initial victory of the spring.
Kate Swan picked up the Lady Timberwolves’ lone victory with an 8-1 decision over Point’s McKenna Bronosky in first singles.
SVHS forfeited second and third singles matches to Bailey Barnett and Olivia Pyles, respectively. PPHS sophomore Danielle Marcum also claimed an 8-3 win over Carrie Pertee in fourth singles.
Bronosky and Barnett won a thrilling 9-7 decision over Swan and Pertee in first doubles, while Pyles and Sarah Deem claimed an 8-1 decision over Laken Jarrell and Bryanna Frasher in second doubles.
Kenlee Bonecutter and Caroline Foreman also earned an 8-1 win over Hannah Cremeans and Kim Holland in third doubles to wrap up the 6-1 victory.
A previous match against the Lady Wolves at SVHS back on March 24 was postponed due to inclement weather. Spring Valley owned a 2-0 lead in singles matches, but PPHS was ahead in the other two doubles events going on at the time.
The Lady Knights dropped a 5-2 decision to Nitro back on March 21, with Marcum claiming an 8-4 win in fourth singles over Lauren Volk.
Marcum and Pyles also picked up an 8-6 win over Volk and Peyton Mann of Nitro in the second doubles contest.
Point Pleasant’s only other win this year came against Huntington Saint Joseph (1-6) on March 30 as Bonecutter and Foreman rallied back from a 5-2 deficit to secure an 8-5 win in third doubles over Tattiana Schraeder and Mackenzie Shepard.
The Lady Knights dropped 7-0 decisions to Huntington on March 17, Winfield on March 18, and Hurricane on March 22.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.