Blue Devils tennis tops Unioto

By Paul Boggs - [email protected]

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — A change can do you good.

On Thursday, it did for the Gallia Academy High School tennis team in its non-league match at Unioto.

The Blue Devils took two of the three singles matches, and swept both doubles matches, in rolling the host Shermans 4-1.

The win was the second in as many contests for the Blue Devils, which clipped Portsmouth Clay 3-2 in their season-opening affair on Wednesday.

In that outing, Gallia Academy’s experienced boys players swept the three singles matches, but four girls making up the two doubles teams both lost.

Against Unioto, GAHS coach Randy Christian played some switch-a-roo with his club’s lineup — and the net result was one more win.

At first singles, Gallia Academy junior Miguel Velasco blanked Brayden Warren 6-0, 6-0, while senior Miles Cornwell moved up to second singles — and swept Brett Moore 6-2, 6-1.

Velasco was the only Blue Devil that played in the same spot as it did on Wednesday.

At first doubles, Pierce Wilcoxon and MiKayla Edelmann amounted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Unioto’s Caitlyn Mckell and Caroline Thiel.

Wilcoxon was at second singles against Clay, while Edelmann played with Kirsten Hesson at second doubles.

Hesson still played second doubles on Thursday, but this time teamed up with Olivia Meadows.

They defeated Sherman siblings Colton Morton and Conor Morton 6-4, 6-0.

The Blue Devils’ only loss at Unioto was at third singles, as Xi Xi Mckell topped Katie Carpenter 6-1, 6-0.

Carpenter and Meadows made up the first doubles squad against Clay.

Gallia Academy will return home, and will open the final season of Southeastern Ohio Athletic League play, on Monday against Athens.

Match time is set for 4:30 p.m.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs

[email protected]