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Bridgeport comes away with mixed results in first day of state

From Staff Reports

CHARLESTON -- It was good news and bad news for the Bridgeport Indians in the first day of the state tennis tournament Thursday.

The girls sit in a three-way tie for sixth place in the AA-A field with two points. All three of the singles seeds have been eliminated, but both of the doubles seeds are still alive.

Sarah Rudy defeated Bluefield's Paige Goforth, 8-4, in the first round of No. 1 singles but fell to defending state champion Kristen McClung of Charleston Catholic, 6-2, 6-2.

At No. 2, Jordan McCutcheon won her first round match against Wyoming East's Della Burgess, 9-8, but fell in the second round to Charleston Catholic's Carrie Pacifico, 6-0, 6-1. Leah Snider fell to Logan's Amanda Spriggs, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of No. 3 singles.

The No. 1 doubles team of Rudy and McCutcheon received a first-round bye and begin second-round play today. Also, Snider and Laura Ramsey compete in the first round at No. 2 doubles today.

"That was disappointing," Bridgeport coach Lori Joyce said of the girls singles action. "They all played well -- they just had a really tough draw and lost to really tough opponents. Sarah had a tough draw playing against the state champion from last year."

Charleston Catholic, Logan and Parkersburg Catholic lead the AA/A girls field with five points each.

In boys AA/A action, Bridgeport and Grafton are tied with six other schools with one point and sit in seventh place. The Indians' No. 1 doubles team of Zach Thomas and Kevin Hicks defeated Shady Spring in the first round, 8-6. They advance to play Charleston Catholic today.

"They really stepped it up," Joyce said of her doubles team. "I was really glad to see Kevin Hicks advance. This is his last year."

Lincoln's Jason Burnside fell to Fayetteville's Justin Hough in the first round at No. 3 singles. No other area results were available at press time. Logan leads the Class AA/A boys field with six points, followed by Williamstown with five.

In Class AAA, George Washington and Parkersburg lead the boys field with six points. Elkins is tied with four other schools in eighth place with one point. George Washington leads the AAA girls field with six points.