Western Albemarle’s girls tennis team needed some strong doubles play to knock off Blacksburg in the state semifinals.
The Warriors had no need to go that far in the state championship match.
Western cruised 5-0 past Jamestown to win its third-straight state title and its first against Class 4 competition after a move up at the beginning of this school year.
The Warriors won at No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 to clinch the match, with Austin Winslow’s 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1 over Jamestown’s Julia Clark clinching the match. Alison Selverstone won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, Maddie Farmer rolled 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 and Lucy Evans won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. Amanda Bilchick picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6. Grace Nolasco was battling on court two when the Warriors clinched.
The Warriors’ four seniors in the top six have been a major part of the last two titles and Winslow has been a factor for the last three championships, playing No. 2 as a freshman back in 2019 before the 2020 spring sports cancellation. Absent the pandemic, this class may be celebrating four state titles in four years as part of the program.
Replacing that group won’t be easy, but odds are good Western tennis will find a way to reload and compete for a potential fourpeat in 2023.