Jamestown girls advance to state semifinals, boys eliminated

The Jamestown girls tennis team defeated Eastern View 5-1 on the Eagles’ outdoor courts Friday to book a berth in the state Class 4 semifinals.

The Cyclones’ McKinley Smith, the Region 4B singles champion, beat Lauren Montgomery 6-1, 6-0 on line 1, but the Eagles won every other singles match against the visitors from Culpeper County.

Victories in straight sets by Emily Sharp, Avery Quarles and Katie Rowland on lines 3, 6 and 2, respectively, put Jamestown ahead 3-1. The Eagles clinched with three-set victories by No. 5 Joanna Stathopoulos and No. 4 Casey Schmidt, each of whom dropped the first set. Rowland rallied from 5-2 behind to win 7-5, 6-1.

The triumph moved the Eagles into a semifinal at noon Monday against Hanover, which beat Smithfield 6-0 to spoil a breakthrough state appearance by the Packers. Like Hanover’s match Friday, Monday’s clash will be at Burkwood Swim & Racquet Club in Mechanicsville.

Artis coaches last dual match as Eagles fall to Hanover

Both Bay Rivers entries fell on a day that included the last dual match in the storied coaching career of Jamestown’s Bob Artis.

By mid-afternoon, it had gotten so hot in the Williamsburg area that the match between Jamestown and Hanover was moved indoors to William and Mary’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Hawks won four singles matches and prevailed at No. 1 doubles to oust the Eagles 5-2.

No. 1 player Albon Yowell and No. 3 Jordan DeBerry posted wins for 4A champion Jamestown, which has owned the Bay Rivers for the past decade in Artis’ tenure. When the tournament goes to its individual phase, those two players will be accompanied by Artis to the New River Valley for individual semifinals — Yowell in singles and the pair in doubles.

Hanover’s victory was even more impressive than normal because Turner Cole, the Region 4B singles champion, missed singles play with an ankle injury. He came back for doubles, though.

In a state team semifinal, Hanover will travel to its Richmond-area rival, traditional power Midlothian. The Trojans shut out 4A runner-up Grafton 5-0.

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