Hiromi Nakayama of the Dublin Coffman High School boys tennis team was hoping he would get another chance to play Thomas Worthington's Casey Cempre after losing to Cempre by default May 9 at the OCC-Central Division tournament when Nakayama had to pull out of the match with a muscle cramp.

Hiromi Nakayama of the Dublin Coffman High School boys tennis team was hoping he would get another chance to play Thomas Worthington's Casey Cempre after losing to Cempre by default May 9 at the OCC-Central Division tournament when Nakayama had to pull out of the match with a muscle cramp.

That opportunity arrived when the two players met in the second round of the district tournament, held last Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Davidson, and Nakayama made the most of it, winning 6-4, 6-4.

After beating New Albany's Sam Romanoff 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and Cempre in the second round, Nakayama advanced to a district semifinal and qualified to the state tournament, as the top four in single and doubles moved on to state Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

Nakayama became the first Coffman player to qualify to state since Mike Scott in 2005.

"Cempre's a good player, but we felt like Hiromi would have beat him at OCC if he wouldn't have cramped up early in the match," coach David Drees said. "Hiromi played great. He's fast, and he doesn't miss."

Nakayama lost to Olentangy Liberty's Arren Carter 6-0, 6-1 in a semifinal, then bounced back to defeat St. Charles' Kyler Gerber 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the consolation final.

"Carter's a good player and he didn't miss," Drees said. "It was impressive that Hiromi came back to beat Gerber after losing the second set 6-1. Hiromi got back on the offensive and made him run a lot because Gerber wasn't as good on the run."

Since Nakayama is a freshman, Drees said he would like to see him play loose and enjoy his first state appearance.

"Getting to state was the goal, so I just want him to play well, and whatever happens for him there will be fine," Drees said. "I just want him to execute well. The outcome is negligible."

The doubles team of Pranav Magal and Daiki Kumasegawa went 1-1 at district, beating Pickerington North's Matt Gordon and Ryan Gorring 6-4, 6-3 in the first round and losing to defending state champions Chris Diaz and Philip Diaz of Watterson 6-2, 6-2 in a state-qualifying match.

Scioto sophomore Sean Stein went 1-1 at district after losing his opener there a year ago.

Stein opened with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Centennial's Will Loudermilk.

"I just played my game," Stein said. "My volleys were on and I put the pressure on him a lot."

Stein then lost to defending district champion Peter Kobelt of New Albany 6-3, 6-0 in a state-qualifying match. Kobelt went on to win his second consecutive district singles title.

"Peter can serve the ball 130 mph, so I knew I had to hold my serve because it's really hard to break his serve," Stein said. "In the first set, I got a lot of good first-serves in and came to the net and scored on volleys. But he's a really good player and he beat me."

Jerome's Sean Stein went 1-1 at the district tournament, failing to advance to state.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto boys tennis teams:

COFFMAN

Last Friday-Saturday -- Pranav Magal and Daiki Kumasegawa went 1-1 in doubles and Hiromi Nakayama went 3-1 to place third in the Division I district tournament at Hilliard Davidson. The top four in singles and doubles advanced to state.

Friday-Saturday -- At state at Ohio State

Of note: The Shamrocks finished 8-2.

JEROME

Last Friday-Saturday -- Sean Stein went 1-1 at district.

Of note: The Celtics finished 8-4.

SCIOTO

May 18 -- Lost to Thomas Worthington 5-0

May 19 -- Lost to Pickerington North 4-1

Of note: The Irish finished 8-7.