All-Area Boys Tennis - Jones rolled to W.Va. AAA state final

June 09, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

A change of scenery and a change of roles led to a breakthrough season for Washington junior Jacob Jones.

After a pair of solid seasons at No. 3 and No. 2 singles as a freshman and sophomore at Jefferson, Jones made the transition to Jefferson County's new high school, took over the No. 1 position and reached the West Virginia Class AAA state final.

"I just got rolling at the right time," said Jones, who finished 20-8. "I got a really good draw at states, so that helped."

Jones is The Herald-Mail's 2009 All-Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year.

Jones' breakthrough started with his third straight regional title. He won the No. 3 singles title as a freshman and the No. 2 singles title as a sophomore.


"I was happy to get to the finals at regionals, the region was pretty good this year," Jones said. "I'd never beaten (Martinsburg's Rittawat) Siripool, but he got beat before I faced him. Getting the region title made me realize I could go really far."

Jones relies on a solid all-around game, and believes with a little work he can be even better for his senior season.

"I do a lot of everything. Sometimes I use a big serve, sometimes I kick it in and volley, and I can stay on the baseline," Jones said. "My forehand's the bigger shot, the backhand I'm working on right now."

Joining Jones on The Herald-Mail All-Area Boys Tennis team:

Alex Persinger, North Hagerstown -- The senior finished 14-4 at No. 1 singles, won the Washington County Tournament title and finished third in Region 1.

Brice Barker, Jefferson -- The senior went 21-8 at No. 1 singles and finished third in the regional tournament, leading the Cougars to an undefeated dual-meet season.

Rittawat Sirapool, Martinsburg -- Siripool beat Jones twice during the regular season and anchored the Bulldogs from his No. 1 singles spot.

Kent Thomas, Jefferson -- The senior went 27-2 at No. 2 singles, won the regional title and teamed with Barker to go 27-3 at No. 1 doubles and reached the state quarterfinals.

Adam Wennick, Chambersburg -- The junior went 8-3 and won the Mid-Penn Tournament at No. 2 singles.

2009 Tri-State Tennis Records

(Records at or above .500)


No. 1 singles

Brice Barker, Jefferson 21-8

Jacob Jones, Washington 20-8

Alex Persinger, North 14-4

Mason Walling, Hedgesville 15-10

Keith Welch, Boonsboro 10-8

No. 2 singles

Kent Thomas, Jefferson 27-2

Adam Wennick, Chambersburg 8-3

Christian Ernst, Clear Spring 8-7

No. 3 singles

David Leonard, Jefferson 25-3

Max Agbayani, Goretti 10-3

Ben Gayman, Chambersburg 5-5

No. 4 singles

Trenton Stemple, Jefferson 26-2

No. 1 doubles

Bryce Barker/Kent Thomas, Jefferson 27-3

Charlie Brasher/Allen Sandberg, North 15-4

T.J. Socks/Brandon Grimm, Clear Spring 12-6

No. 2 doubles

David Leonard/Trenton Stemple, Jefferson 25-3

Greg Harrison/Eric Harrison, North 14-2

Jason Cornell/Seth Gilbert, James Buchanan 7-2

Sam Myers/Gavin Myers, Clear Spring 10-3

Max Agbayani/Tyler Shaper, Goretti 8-4

No. 3 doubles

Faris Khan/Kyle Ransom, Jefferson 26-3

Tyler Brown/Danny Mott, Clear Spring 9-4

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