CHARLESTON \u2014 As dominant has University High\u2019s Andre Barcinas was in Friday\u2019s semifinal of the state tennis tournament against Washington\u2019s Michael Barr, it didn\u2019t look like Barcinas was even going to have a chance to make the semis during his quarterfinals match Thursday.\r\n\r\nAfter earning a bye in the first round, Barcinas took on Huntington\u2019s Luke Lovejoy, and it appeared Barcinas\u2019 tournament was going to be a short one.\r\n\r\nInstead, Barcinas will go for his first state championship today at the Kanawha City Community Center.\r\n\r\nWhile the semis and finals are best two of three sets, the first two rounds are only one set, so when Barcinas was down 7-4, hope for a state championship was quickly fading.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was just trying my hardest not to panic and keep my cool,\u201d he said of his match against Lovejoy. \u201cI knew I was going to have to fight for the win and stay out there as long as I needed to. On the 7-4 switchover, it was my dad asking me if I am going to lay down and give up or fight and bring home the win.\r\n\r\n\u201cI decided the only obvious answer, which was to come back and win.\u201d\r\n\r\nBarcinas\u2019 father, Gary, is the girls\u2019 head coach for the Hawks, so he\u2019s been at every match this season. Not only during high school, but Gary has been in Andre\u2019s corner since he started playing tennis.\r\n\r\nHe\u2019ll be in his corner again today when Andre takes on George Washington\u2019s Nadeem Jones in the championship match.\r\n\r\n\u201cI know he is a very tough opponent and if I want to win, I need to grind out everything I have out on the court,\u201d Barcinas said. \u201cHe is a very talented player that is one of the best in the state.\u201d\r\n\r\nBarcinas was not the only Hawk to reach a state championship match. No. 4 singles Jameson Walters beat Hedgesville\u2019s Joey Arndt 6-0, 6-0.\r\n\r\nNo. 1 singles Kyle Hawthorne lost to Parkersburg\u2019s Jacob Boone 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals. No. 3 singles Tommy McClelland also reached the semis, but lost to Parkersburg\u2019s Nick McBride 6-1, 6-0.\r\n\r\nNo. 2 doubles McClelland and Walters fell 6-4, 6-3 in a thriller during their semifinals match. With the momentum in the final set, the lights went out during the match and when they came back on, the Hawks duo lost momentum.\r\n\r\nOverall, UHS is still in the hunt for a boys\u2019 state championship and coach Tom McClelland believes morale is still high heading into today\u2019s state title matches.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m just so proud of our team,\u201d he said. \u201cI couldn\u2019t have asked for a more complete performance by the whole team.\u201d\r\n\r\nOn the girls\u2019 side, No. 3 singles Deah Gharib fell to George Washington\u2019s Jana Zatar 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals. No. 2 doubles Grace Valenzuela and Taylor Dalton lost to George Washington 6-4, 6-0.