Brooke Rumbraugh and Erica Howell defeated Princeton, 8-3, in the first round and were the only Warriors to advance past the first round.
"Probably half my team plays multiple sports," Hendricks said. "It's difficult to compete with year-round players."
Rumbraugh and Howell proceeded to upset No. 2 seeded Ripley 9-8 (7-4) in the second round before losing to Parkersburg in the semifinals.
"We have really come together in the last two weeks," Hendricks said.
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RIPLEY COACH Greg Varney was all smiles at the close of this year's MSAC tournament.
"This is the best we've ever finished," Varney said. "This is the best day in my nine years coaching."
His No. 1 singles player, Emily Munson, made the all-conference team. All of his girls were seeded for the tournament.
Munson, a senior, signed to play tennis at Slippery Rock University.
Varney has a vision to compete with state's top teams and has a plan to make that happen. For the last five years, he has coached the middle school and high school teams at Ripley.
"Our goal is not to be the first bus to roll out," Varney said.
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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S No. 1 singles player, Ryan Massinople, knows how good Huntington's Hunter Tubert is - they practice together often.
Massinople said it is "fun" no matter when they play.
Parker Boughton, Capital's No. 1 singles player, found himself playing Tubert in the second round of the MSAC tournament.
Boughton has never played Tubert and has a slightly different perspective.
"It's going to be a bloodbath," Boughton said.