The Western Albemarle boys and girls tennis teams both capped impressive seasons on Saturday by winning VHSL Class 3 state championships in Roanoke.
Both Warrior squads faced James Monroe in the state finals and both came away with identical 5-0 victories, but both matches took longer than hoped for.
Due to an inclement weather forecast in Southwest Virginia, both matches were moved from the outdoor courts at the Salem Complex to indoor courts in Roanoke. The boys match shifted to Hunting Hills Country Club in Roanoke, while the girls match was moved to the Sun Tennis Center in Roanoke.
While most high school tennis matches are played in facilities that have six courts, both Hunting Hills Country Club and the Sun Tennis Center only have two indoor courts, which made both matches take longer than usual.
In the boys match, Western Albemarle No. 1 player Gavin Segraves, who won both the Class 3 singles and doubles titles earlier this week, made quick work of his opponent to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Alex Ix, who won the doubles title with Segraves on Friday night, defeated his opponent to make it 2-0.
Western continued to cruise from there, with James Damien Heller-Chen clinching the match with his singles win to give the Warriors a 5-0 victory and its third straight VHSL Class 3 state championship.
The Western girls made quick work of their opponent as well.
The Warriors jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before Stephanie Hass won a three-set thriller to give WAHS a 4-0 advantage. Sarah Randolph Warren clinched the match and the Warriors’ first state championship since 2014 with a straight-set victory.