Junior Ryan Massinople plays No. 1 singles for GW and will be hard-pressed to knock off Huntington's Hunter Tubert, who defeated Massinople both times they played this year.
Also lining up for the GW boys are junior Zack Koenig at No. 2 singles, freshman Nick Koenig at No. 3 singles, freshman Thomas McIntosh at No. 4 singles and the doubles teams of Massinople-Zack Koenig at No. 1, Nick Koenig-McIntosh at No. 2 and freshmen Ryan Mullins and Peyton Moses at No. 3.
Huntington also qualified in all seven spots, while Martinsburg, Parkersburg and Washington will be represented in six of them.
On the AAA girls side, Huntington failed to qualify at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles, but the Highlanders are still the team to beat.
"Huntington has a very strong team," Luckett said. "Not qualifying at those two slots gives the opportunity for other schools in the state to potentially win those two titles, but they're strong."
Like most observers, Luckett believes Cassie Mercer, the defending state champion and the daughter of Marshall tennis coaches John and Laurie Mercer, should cruise to another AAA girls singles championship.
"Cassie, you can just hand her the trophy, she's that good," Luckett said. "But outside of her, I think it's wide open for other schools to have an opportunity."
With Kristen White at No. 1 singles, Jordyn O'Dell at No. 2 singles, Marie Skaff at No. 3 singles and three doubles teams qualified, George Washington is one of five schools to fill six of the seven slots in AAA girls. The others are Parkersburg, Ripley, University and Washington.
Only one AAA girls team, though, has representation in all seven slots, and that's Hurricane. The Redskins will send out Kayla McKnight at No. 1 singles, Vivian Yao at No. 2 singles, Amber Barr at No. 3 singles, Ashley White at No. 4 singles and three doubles teams.
Other Kanawha Valley schools with players in the tournament are:
Reach Nick Scala at 304-348-7947 or nsc...@wvgazette.com.