Elkins trio set to begin action in Charleston

CHARLESTON – Elkins High School’s Jonathan Gainer, along with the doubles team of twin sisters Caitlin and Bradley Gutta, will compete in the state tennis tourney scheduled to begin today at the Kanawha City Community Tennis Center.

Gainer will face George Washington’s Ryan Massinople in No. 1 singles today.

The Gutta’s, meanwhile, will battle George Washington’s team of Kate Papadoplous and Sara Moses in No. 3 doubles on Friday.

“Jonathan has a tough matchup,” Elkins coach Brandon Simmons said. “But he’s up for the challenge. He just needs to go out and do the best he can and see what happens.”

Simmons also said the Gutta’s will face a stern test est against the freshmen duo from George Washington.

“There’s only four teams in No. 3 doubles,” Simmons said.

“They got a tough draw but if they play as well as they are capable of, they should have a chance to advance.”

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Ericka Ridgeway and Caroline Nanners both advanced to states in singles competetion.

Ridgeway will face Riverside’s Erin Hendricks today at No. 1, while Nanners, at No. 2, battles Greenbrier East’s Erin Johnson.

Lewis County’s Sarah Law qualified in No. 1 singles and meets Shady Spring’s Carly Kilmer.

The state tourney continues through Saturday’s championship rounds.