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Magnolia’s Riggs Earns Her Spot

June 13, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Eight local tennis stars, including two captains, have been named to be apart of the inaugural All-Valley Tennis Team. They have been chosen based on their outstanding accomplishments and achievements during the 2018 season. The following are those honored:

It has been a remarkable first year at the high school level for Wheeling Central's Laina Anderson and a not so enjoyable year for her opponents.

Anderson opened her high school career with a 21-match winning streak, before dropping her first match of the year in the West Virginia State Tournament, where she was edged out by Huntington St. Joe's No. 1 Audrey Heaberlin, who won the 2016 state title, in the semifinals.

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Magnolia’s Logan Riggs, a three-time team captain for the Blue Eagles, played her way into a spot on the inaugural All-Valley Tennis Team.

Anderson's magnificent run earned her a spot on the A-AA All-State Tennis team.

"As a freshman, she certainly had her fair share of success," Wheeling Central coach Peggy Dailer said. "Now, she will work hard all summer and return next season to continue her journey to become a state champion."

Anderson claimed the No. 1 singles OVAC Championship and the No. singles Region I title in her breakthrough campaign.

There might not be a player that possesses as much motivation as Logan Riggs does in the entire Ohio Valley.

The three-year captain put an exclamation point on an outstanding career at Magnolia with an amazing run in the state tournament.

Along with No. 2 doubles partner Raegan Hale, the duo cruised to the state championship before finally dropping a highly competitive match.

Riggs was a crucial member of this year's regional championship team as she also qualified for the state tournament in the No. 1 singles event.

Three years ago, Magnolia revived its tennis program and Riggs has been the No. 1 seed for all three years, setting the foundation for years to come.

"Logan has been an asset to the Magnolia team," Blue Eagles' coach Jesse Robinson said. "Not only is she a leader but a very goal driven young lady.

"She is extremely passionate about the game and I'm very proud of her."

Never give up! Abby Jones displayed that determination and attitude this season.After losing on three separate occasions to Morgantown's Emme McKnight, Jones delivered when it mattered the most.

In the regional championship, Jones finally put it all together to capture a remarkable 8-6 victory to claim the regional title and advance to the state tournament.

Jones also qualified for the state tournament with doubles partner Ashley Trischler after they reached the regional title match.

"Abby has worked hard to earn her accomplishments," Park girls coach Stephanie Sada said. "She is athletic and her confidence has grown over the last three years as she has improved her game and strategy.

"Abby's dedication to the sport is apparent in the practice that she puts in to advance her high school tennis and lead our team."

The Golden Bears' Brooke Provenzano is no stranger to the state tournament.

In her second straight year, the top seed from Oak Glen made the trip to Charleston in the No. 1 singles event.

Provenzano also teammed up with Cristal Tetrault in No. 1 doubles action as they brought a regional title back to the halls of Oak Glen, earning them a spot in the state tournament.

Wheeling Park's Trip Meredith is the leader that every coach would ask for.

The senior served as team captain in both soccer and tennis this year and he has the skills to back it up as well.

Meredith earned a spot in the state tournament in both the No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles for the Patriots and completed his memorable campaign with a 10-4 singles record, while going 8-3 in OVAC action.

Meredith also reached the state championship game with the soccer team this year.

During his doubles play, he garnered a final mark of 8-6 overall with a 6-5 record in OVAC competition.

"Trip was a huge factor to our team's success in defending the north," Park coach Tim Ickes said. "He is a player that every coach would love to have in their program.

"Trip was a tremendous leader and captain," Park coach Tim Ickes said. "It was like having another coach to help keep the other players learning and improving their game.

"Trip's success can't be shown with his wins and losses but from how well he plays against each team's best player. Playing at No. 1 puts him against each team's best player and he rose to each player's level and gave them all they could handle.

"He was never as experienced as his opponents but he always went in with the mentality that he was going to battle. That leadership and great play will be missed by the Park tennis program."

Shake and Bake! That was the name earned by Ben Ridgewell and his No. 2 doubles partner Jitesh Pujara as the duo dominated the Ohio Valley.

The tandem brought home OVAC and regional titles, while finishing with a 10-3 record and an 8-2 mark in OVAC action.

Ridgewell was just as good in solo competition. He claimed a regional championship in the No. 3 singles to qualify for the state tournament.

In singles, he only suffered one blemish in OVAC play with a 10-1 record, while finishing 12-2 overall.

"Ben was a much improved player this year due to the intense work that he put in during the offseason," Ickes said. "He improved his physical skills as well as his mental skills.

"Mental strength plays a large role in the outcome of a tennis match.

"Ben's opponents often had better skill than him but Ben was better mentally. He was able to frustrate and get into his opponents' heads. The way he played took his opponents out of their own game and broke them down.

"He took pride in being able to win the mental game and he used it to become a very successful champion."

Wheeling Central's top performer on the boys' side of the court this year, David Agcaoili, has made noticeable improvements in his game in the offseason.

A year ago, Agcaoili qualified for the state tournament in the No. 2 singles event and the No. 1 doubles event after earning the Region I crown.

This year, the junior has shined in the Maroon Knights' No. 1 singles position and the No. 1 doubles spot as he was a state quarterfinalist in both.

Agcaoili was also a semifinalist in the No. 1 singles at OVACs, while finishing as a quarterfinalist in doubles.

Along with doubles partner, Isaac Smith, the duo went on to claim the regional championship.

The youth of the Wheeling Central tennis team proved that the talent level will be very high for years to come.

Isaac Smith is a key factor for the future of Maroon Knight tennis.

In just his sophomore year, he delivered Region one titles in both the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, with partner and fellow All-Valley member David Agcaoili.

In the state tournament, Smith collected a pair of quarterfinalist honors to wrap up a stellar campaign.

In the OVAC tournament, Smith was a semifinalist in singles and a quarterfinalist in the doubles competition.



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