Hurricane sophomore and No. 1 singles player Kayla McKnight went 10-6 with three losses to Huntington, two to Cabell Midland and one to Charleston Catholic. After two regular season defeats to Midland's Gabrielle Beam, McKnight evened the score with Beam by winning head-to-head at the MSAC and regional tournament.
White teamed with freshman Paige Phillips to earn the region's top seed at No. 3 doubles after a season split with Huntington. They beat Huntington again for the Region 4 crown.
Goff and Summer Berardi reached the finals at No. 2 doubles to qualify.
Ragle noticed the uptick in confidence after the first loss to Huntington.
"The drive up that hill is a little intimidating, I think, with all those state championship signs," she said. "As the season has gone on, their confidence is building. They can see that, hey, we can do this. The ninth-graders aren't intimidated and the seniors see that it's not like in the past."
McKnight qualified at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She teams with senior Vivian Yao, a senior who went 6-1 playing a limited schedule at No. 2 singles. Freshman Lindsay Goff went 15-2. White's singles losses were to Huntington (twice), Ripley (MSAC) and an injury default against St. Albans.
At states, a team earns one point for each match win.
McKnight gets the first shot when No. 1 singles play begins at 8 a.m. She drew University's Ally Rees, who made it to the second round of states last year before running into buzzsaw and eventual state champ Cassie Mercer of Huntington.
Yao plays at 10 a.m. against Parkersburg's Amber Kesterson. McKnight and Yao are scheduled to play University in doubles at 2:30 p.m.
Goff will go against Washington's Amber Barr at No. 3 singles in the early afternoon.
No. 4 singles and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles do not begin play until Friday. How many Hurricane players are still in the state tournament field after today's action will determine the Redskins' state contender status.
"We want to win," Yao said. "We realize this is a great opportunity for Hurricane High School and for our team. These opportunities and chances don't come by often and we want to take advantage of this.
"Even if we don't come out as champions, we'll encourage each other and be there for each other and know that we shared a close bond and something special."
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