Blue Devils edge Athens in tennis

By Paul Boggs -

THE PLAINS, Ohio — Against an Athens lineup that was reshuffled from its first meeting, the Gallia Academy High School tennis team still completed the season sweep of the host Bulldogs on Wednesday.

That’s because the Blue Devils defeated Athens 3-2 in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League makeup matchup at Athens High School’s Joan Mickelson Courts.

The Blue Devils dropped the Bulldogs 4-1 in their initial outing 10 days ago.

With Wednesday’s win, the Blue Devils raised their record to 6-5 — and 4-1 in the SEOAL, having now swept both Logan and Athens.

Athens is 1-3 in the SEOAL, with league matches at Jackson and against Logan remaining.

Jackson continues to lead the league at 4-0, as the Blue Devils’ only SEOAL loss came against the Ironmen two weeks ago.

The Ironmen’s match against Athens on Tuesday was postponed, as the Blue Devils get their rematch against visiting Jackson on Monday (May 2).

In fact, if Gallia Academy is able to defeat Jackson, the Blue Devils — the three-time defending SEOAL champion — will at least share the final conference championship.

An Ironmen win, however, will mean the Red and White will capture the crown.

Logan is 0-5 in the SEOAL, as Gallia Academy made it a perfect 10-for-10 over Logan in matches in the past five years.

Against Athens — which had three players out with illness in their first meeting against Gallia Academy — the Blue Devils swept the two doubles matches, while winning one of the three singles contests.

But the Blue Devils altered their regular lineup as well, changing their doubles teams while moving Adriana Wilcoxon from third singles to half of the first doubles.

The shift paid off for the Blue Devils’ doubles duos, which limited the Bulldogs to only five combined points.

All five matches were decided in straight sets.

At first doubles, Wilcoxon and Dekota Metzler swept Athens’ Ishan Marta and Sam Morales 6-1, 6-0.

At second doubles, MiKayla Edelmann and Olivia Meadows made quick work of Athens’ Ammar Fauzi and Daniel Pogan 6-2, 6-2.

The Blue Devils’ only singles win Wednesday was Miles Cornwell sweeping Freddie Hasselt 6-4, 6-2.

The Bulldogs won the first and third singles affairs, as Austin Condee downed Pierce Wilcoxon at first singles 6-1, 6-1.

At third singles, Dustin Goetz gained a shutout over Gallia Academy’s Jenelle Stevens (6-0, 6-0).

The Blue Devils’ non-league match against Ironton on Thursday was rained out.

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

By Paul Boggs