SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - Jefferson boys tennis coach Glenn Edwards hoped his team played with some smarts during the Jefferson Invitational tennis tournament on Saturday.
"April the first, I hope we're not as foolish. I hope we're wiser than we are foolish being this is April the first," Edwards joked. "I was very pleased with the team, their efforts, their attitudes. Just good people working hard, and that's what it's all about."
The Cougars did just want Edwards hoped, sweeping the team, singles and doubles titles on not just the boys side but the girls as well.
"It was a bit cold. They played well. We want to give the other groups, Spring Mills, Hampshire and Clarke County, credit, too," Jefferson girls coach Tony Washington said. "We just happened to be this day a little bit better than they were today, but they played just as well and they're just as good. I'm proud of being able to represent Jefferson, but I'm also proud of the competition that comes here in the form of Spring Mills, Hampshire and Clarke County."
On the boys side, Jefferson opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Hampshire, while Spring Mills defeated Clarke County, Virginia, 5-2.
Ethan Gottlieb, Mason Palmer and Lonnie Briggs picked up an 8-0 win at Nos. 1, 3 and 4 singles for the Cougars, while Bryce Turney won 8-1 at No. 2. Gottlieb and Turney teamed up for an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles on their way to the doubles title. Palmer and Briggs won 8-1 at No. 2, and Jordan Dixon-Gross and Tighe Didden won 8-0 at No. 3.
Clarke County's Matt Betz, Owen Mason-Hill and Isaac Kittle won in singles, while Spring Mills Nathan Snyder picked up an 8-0 win at No. 4 singles in the opening round. Reven Baun and Trey Hull teamed up for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles for the Cardinals before Betz and Leo Buzalsky, and Alex Lai and Jordan Hardy rounded out the doubles with wins for the Eagles.
The Cougars came back to defeat Clarke County 7-0 in the championship match. Gottlieb picked up a hard-fought 9-8 win, earning a 10-8 win in the tiebreaker, while Turney, Palmer and Briggs all won 8-0 to sweep singles matches. Gottlieb-Turney and Palmer-Briggs both won 8-3, and Dixon-Gross and Tighe rounded out the doubles matches 8-0.
Spring Mills claimed third place with a 7-0 win over Hampshire. Brown, Hull, Zack Edwards and Nathan Snyder swept the singles matches by scores of 8-1, 8-3, 8-2 and 8-1, respectively. Brown-Hull and Edwards-Snyder both won doubles matches 8-3, while Cyrus Baker and Zac Cooke won 8-8 (7-5) at No. 3 doubles.
Gottlieb earned the singles title, while Betz was runner up. Burchey and Ritter earned second for doubles.
On the girls side, the Cougars won 7-0 over Hampshire in the first round with Maddie Chen, who earned the singles title, winning 8-0 at No. 1 singles. Sarah Leonguerro won 8-1, while Leah Chen and Anna Ours both picked up 8-0 wins. Maddie and Leah Chen teamed up for an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles on their way to the doubles title, while Ours and Valentina Perciado-Bello won 8-2 and Leonguerro and Kassidy Hoffman won 8-0.
"Maddie, she played some extremely good competition in (Spring Mills' Becca) Goldberg. It just so happened that she won out this day," Washington said. "Sarah Leonguerro, this is her last year, and she's playing extremely well at No. 2 and she's playing extremely well at No. 3 doubles. We've got the new girl, Valentina, she's come along and helped. We've got a very good team, but we could do better."
Spring Mills topped Clarke County 5-2 in the opening round, starting with singles runner-up Becca Goldberg winning 8-6. Jillian Linton, Britany Kelley and Rose Britner rounded out the singles matches by scores of 8-3, 8-5 and 8-1, respectively, for the Cardinals.
Goldberg and Julia Gilpin, who were doubles runnersup, won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, while Linton-Britner and Amy Filip-K.C. McManus won 9-7 and 8-1, respectively.
The Cougars kept rolling with a 7-0 win over the Cardinals in the championship match.
Maddie Chen won 8-3, while Leonguerro and Ours won 8-1. Leah Chen picked up an 8-4 victory. Maddie and Leah Chen earned an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, while Ours-Perciado and Leonguerro-Hoffman won 8-2 and 8-4, respectively.
"It's a rivalry they've had for a couple years now," Washington said. "I can remember when Goldberg and Spring Mills got the better of us, and now it seems liked it's our turn. But it's early in the season, and we'll see how it goes."
Clarke County claimed third with a 5-2 win over Hampshire. Abigail Nester won at No. 1 doubles for the Trojans before Aaliyah McFarland, Maria Vinson and Katie Crandall won the last three singles matches for the Eagles. Nester and Katelynn Mahoney won at No. 1 doubles, while Clarke County won the final two doubles matches.