Tubert is a prohibitive favorite to win his second No. 1 singles final in a row, facing Martinsburg's Grant Davis. Davis grinded out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 semifinal win over Massinople, breaking serve at 5-5.
Massinople and Zach Koenig turned the tables on Martinsburg's Grant and Carter Davis in the No. 1 doubles semifinals, winning 6-1, 6-2.
"It was a good match," GW coach Chris Luckett said of the 2-hour, 30-minute singles match. "What can you say?"
On the girls side, Hurricane placed three finalists - Vivian Yao at No. 2, Lindsay Goff at No. 3 and the third doubles team of Ashley White and Paige Phillips. Semifinal losses at No. 1 and No. 4 singles prevented a run at Huntington, which clinched with 12 points.
At the top singles, Kayla McKnight ran into Morgantown's Stephanie Arnold, the senior who made her first No. 1 final after three trips to the semifinals.
"She's been a little under the weather," said Morgantown coach Ted Greenlee. "She has improved and she's more consistent than she was when she was a freshman. ... Stephanie's mom said she was going to buy her a new pair of shoes if she wins."
If Arnold can beat Huntington standout Cassie Mercer today, she would deserve her own shoe factory. In three matches, Mercer has yielded two games, both to Parkersburg's Cassandra Powell in the semifinals.
Mercer helped the Highlanders amass 12 points, good enough to clinch the championship. In the runner-up derby, Hurricane has eight points and Parkersburg and Morgantown are tied with seven.
"Rachel Subik [No. 3] has played outstanding," said Huntington coach Joanie Poole. "She had a tough match today, she stuck with it and kept her focus. Our [No.] two doubles team, Katie Huck and Lauren Mahaney, they're doing fabulous. And of course, Braddick [Price] and Cassie, they had a tough match today [but still won 6-3, 6-1]. Morgantown played excellent."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.