CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- You could say St. Joseph's Max Meade stayed under Charleston Catholic's Mark Cassis' skin for a full 12 months.
Did that work to Meade's favor? Hardly.
Cassis roared to 6-4, 6-0 victory in the No. 1 singles championship at the state tennis tournament Saturday, avenging a three-set loss to Meade a year ago.
"That match never left my mind," the senior said. "I'm glad I was able to pull it out this year. I mean, he's a tough player, but I was playing really well today. It feels great to bring it home this year."
Cassis' victory launched the Catholic boys' run of seven straight position titles and a perfect 22 points for the tournament. The domination was so complete, the Irish gave up just 13 points in the seven matches.
Meade picked up four of those in the first set against Cassis, but that was it. In four matches between the two this year, Meade has noticed a difference in his rival's play, one that hasn't work in his favor.
Cassis won all four matches, including the relatively easy two-setter Saturday.
"[He is] a whole lot more consistent. Keeps the ball on the court more," Meade said. "Last year, I could play the point out and he'd miss it halfway through the point. But now he's way more under control."
Cassis tended to agree: "I try to rely on my consistency. I try to hit it hard, but when I do it usually goes outside. I keep it in and wait for my opponent to make a mistake."
The Irish boys didn't make many mistakes, down to the No. 3 doubles team of Ben Canfield and Noah Cable. They downed Bluefield's Paul Hoffman and Tyler Myers for the 22nd team point, the mark of perfection.
"We've got a lot of good players. I played with these kids pretty much my whole life," said Cable, a junior. "I'm sad to see them go, but I've got to really work on my game and be the No. 1 seed that this team needs."