Isabel Pauley and the W.T. Woodson girls tennis team are halfway toward their goals of making it to the Virginia state championships. By week's end, both could have regional titles.
Regional team finals were held Wednesday with the week-long individual tournament at Groveton scheduled to end Friday. The winners advance to next week's state tournament at West Springfield.
"We're going to the states," said Mary-Margaret Pauley, Isabel's younger sister and doubles partner, earlier this season, when Woodson was running its district record to 10-0. For Isabel, the goal of playing in the state championship may not be stated but it is certainly implied.
Last week, Isabel won her fourth district singles title in four years. Last year, she went on to win the regional competition and the Virginia state AAA singles title. But last year West Springfield eliminated the Cavaliers in the regional team tournament.
Lee, which finished atop the Gunston District with a 9-1 regular-season record, was expected to be strong in the team and individual competitions. Lancer sophomore Kelly Ayers may face Isabel Pauley in the singles final tomorrow afternoon at Groveton. Ayers reached the regional tournament when she defeated teammate Terri Esterowitz in the finals of the Gunston District tournament, 6-1, 6-3. Esterowitz drew the Great Falls singles champion -- Julie Shenk of Langley -- in the first round of the regional tournament Tuesday.
Ayers also will compete in the doubles competition with Esterowitz's older sister, Dina.
Langley is also deep. The Saxons' Vida Vodopalas and Danika Holm won the Great Falls doubles championship by defeating teammates Shenk and Laura Gichner. Shenk and Gichner played Isabel and Mary-Margaret Pauley in the first round of doubles play.
Yorktown was the other entry from the Great Falls District.
Stephanie Merdinian, who won the singles title in the Potomac District, led Stuart to the distict team championship.
Chantilly had the top doubles team, Jennifer Baggett and Kelly Keffler, in the Potomac District.