The Watterson High School doubles team of junior Chris Diaz and graduate Philip Diaz enjoyed a tremendous amount of success the previous two seasons. They were 34-2, won Division I sectional and district titles each year and won a state title in 2008.

The Watterson High School doubles team of junior Chris Diaz and graduate Philip Diaz enjoyed a tremendous amount of success the previous two seasons. They were 34-2, won Division I sectional and district titles each year and won a state title in 2008.

But in the Diaz brothers' final high school boys tennis match together, they lost to Worthington Kilbourne's Jonny Price and Kevin Metka 6-4, 6-4 in the Division I state final last year.

Thus, when Chris Diaz competes as a singles player in the Division II state tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State, he has some extra motivation.

"I'd like to win this for my brother and I since we came up short at state last year," Diaz said. "Our last memory of playing (at Ohio State) was our loss, so I'd like to win this for both of us."

Watterson lost to Columbus Academy 4-1 in an OTCA match on May 20. The Eagles defeated Hartley 4-1 last Monday to finish the regular-season 12-7 overall and 5-0 in the CCL, giving them the outright league championship.

In the Hartley match, Diaz improved to 27-0 in singles and 58-1 in his career in high school singles matches.

"Chris has become a young master of this game and if he continues playing at the level he's been playing at, he'll be fine," coach Barb Woods said. "He just needs to play his game, which is to continue to get to every ball and to use good placement."

Diaz expects his top competition to come from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Alex Aleman, who finished second in the Northeast District, and Cincinnati Country Day's Joey Fritz, who won the Southwest District.

On April 28, Diaz beat Aleman 6-1, 6-2 at first singles, but Aleman was nursing an undisclosed injury at the time.

"There's going to be a lot more competition at state, so I'll need to raise my level," Diaz said. "There's some pressure, but I'm going to try to have fun with this."

Diaz breezed his way to a 3-0 record at district last Friday at Wickertree and last Saturday at Gahanna, beating Wellington's Ian Wagner 6-0, 6-1 in the final.

"I'm happy with how I played," Diaz said. "The score doesn't reflect it, but my match with Ian was tough because we've played so many times in the past and we know each other's games so well."

Only the top two placers qualified for state and both of Watterson's doubles teams fell short. Aaron Casares and Enzo Milano went 1-1, and Ben Heigel and Jared Clifton went 0-1.

•The boys track and field team scored 56 points to finish fourth in the Division II district 1 meet that concluded last Saturday at Groveport, behind Eastmoor Academy (140), London (68) and Jonathan Alder (61).

Only the top four placers in each district event qualified for the regional today and Saturday at Lexington. Four Eagles made the cut, ending Watterson's two-year drought of having no regional qualifiers.

Placing second at district were Matt Richardson in the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 41.55 seconds) and Eric Oman in the 200 (22.84).

Joe Mankovecky finished third in the high jump (5 feet, 9 inches) and Alex Smith placed fourth in the shot put (44-11 1/2).

•The girls track and field team scored 37 points to finish sixth in the Division I district 2 meet that concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, behind champion Reynoldsburg (115).

Only the top four placers in each district event advanced to the regional, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Pickerington North.

Maria Swartz was the Eagles' lone regional qualifier, placing fourth in the 1,600 (5:25.65).

The Eagles didn't score at regional last year.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson volleyball team and boys and girls lacrosse teams:

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

May 19 - Defeated fourth-seeded Dublin Scioto 25-18, 25-12, 25-27, 25-12 in a Division II regional semifinal Last Saturday - Lost to top-seeded St. Charles 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 in a regional final

Of note: The Eagles finished 20-6. Watterson was seeded second in the regional tournament.

BOYS LACROSSE

May 18 - Lost to DeSales 7-4 Last Saturday - Lost to Granville 9-3 in Division II Central Regional tournament opener

Of note: The Eagles finished 10-7.

GIRLS LACROSSE

May 19 - Lost to Hilliard Davidson 13-10 in Division I Regional tournament opener

Of note: The Eagles finished 6-11.