CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some of the state's best high school tennis players will be at Coonskin Park today for the Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament.
The one-day boys and girls event begins at 9 a.m.
The MSAC is host to both Huntington and George Washington - two juggernauts of West Virginia high school tennis.
Huntington's No. 1 singles player, Hunter Tubert, is the reigning Class AAA state champion.
"Hunter is an elite player - a five-star blue chip recruit," George Washington Coach Chris Luckett said.
Cassie Mercer, Huntington's No. 1 singles player on the girls side, is also the defending state champion.
Huntington's dominance doesn't end there. Huntington players last season claimed seven of the eight singles titles and all of the doubles titles.
George Washington, a perennial powerhouse, has only one blemish this season - to Huntington.
Ryan Massinople, the Patriots' No. 1 singles player, is the second seed in the MSAC's top flight and could meet Tubert in the finals.
Massinople, a junior, took over the No. 1 position from Zack Koenig this season. Koenig is now at the No. 2 seed.
Massinople has already lost to Tubert twice this year, but the MSAC Tournament could give him the opportunity for revenge before the state tournament.
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Hurricane's top singles player, Alex Clay, will be looking to make a deep push into the tournament. He would play either Massinople or Tubert in the semifinals.
Either matchup would represent tennis of a quality that usually is not seen outside of the state tournament.