Yes, he said No. 1, a lofty goal in a loaded Irish program, but six seniors figured in the week's domination - Cassis at No. 1, Scott Standish at No. 2, Jad Malas at No. 3, Tanner Whipkey at No. 4, Zach Casto on the No. 2 doubles team and Canfield.
Both the boys and the equally senior-laden girls team had clinched team championships on Friday. The Catholic girls won at three positions Saturday to end up with 15 points, compared to eight for Ravenswood. It was the Red Devils' first runner-up finish in program history.
Claire Hamilton and Danielle Sadd accounted for the three points, winning at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Hamilton beat Bridgeport's Alexis Alastanos, a senior who had less success when the Indians were a Class AAA team. Sadd also beat a Bridgeport player, Allie Lamm.
Hamilton and Sadd combined to beat Ravenswood's Bess McNabb and Taylor Youell 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles. The result didn't dim a good week for Youell, whose victory at No. 2 clinched the Red Devils' runner-up finish over Ritchie County.
Sadd, who sat out her junior year to concentrate on academics, confirmed that her old doubles partner helped coax her back onto the team.
"She and my dad [coach David Sadd], they really wanted me to go out this year," she said. "Since it's my senior year and I really, really wanted to go out and be with my team, finish it out strong for my last year."
Hamilton had been eyeing her chance for a No. 1 state title all season, and her 6-2, 6-2 win over Alastanos showed how well she played.
But when the doubles win was complete, the emotion showed. Hamilton, Sadd and their teammates shared the tears of a joyous ending to their high school careers. Hamilton is moving on to play at Queens College of Charlotte, N.C.
"I'm more excited about my doubles," Hamilton said. "Danielle and I have been playing together since we were young, so it meant more to me."
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