In finishing third at the Division I district tournament, held last Friday and last Saturday at Elysium Tennis Center, the doubles team of Sean Stein and Kent Seitz became the first members of the Dublin Jerome High School boys tennis team to advance to state.

In finishing third at the Division I district tournament, held last Friday and last Saturday at Elysium Tennis Center, the doubles team of Sean Stein and Kent Seitz became the first members of the Dublin Jerome High School boys tennis team to advance to state.

Stein said the duo's next goal is to win at least one match at the state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

"It's really exciting and a huge honor to become the first players from our school to get to play on the biggest stage in Ohio," Stein said. "We're happy to make it there, but we aren't satisfied yet. We feel like we can win a round or two if we bring our A game."

Seitz and Stein will open state against Solon's Evan Schrode and Zach Singerman.

Stein is known for his ability to finish at the net, and Seitz is the better baseline player. But coach Aaron Bauer said the key will be for the duo to keep their nerves in check.

"Anytime you get to state, you need to stay calm, because it's a bigger stage than most people have ever played on before," Bauer said.

"Both Kent and Sean have laid-back personalities, and that should help. They've already done well to get through our district, because some of the best doubles teams in the state are from central Ohio."

Seitz and Stein defeated Coffman's Pranav Magal and Daiki Kumasegawa 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in a state-qualifying match.

"We didn't put much pressure on Coffman with our serving in the first set, but Kent really stepped up his first serve in the second set," Bauer said. "Sean was the best player on the court, and he made the difference. In the two years I've coached him, I've yet to see Sean lose a tiebreaker, so there's nobody else I'd rather have out there in that situation."

Seitz and Stein lost to Upper Arlington's Stu Little and Billy Weldon 6-1, 6-1 in a semifinal, but bounced back to beat Hilliard Davidson's Ben McClarren and Trent Searfoss 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the consolation final.

"UA played unbelievable and I didn't play well at all, and they destroyed us," Stein said. "Against Hilliard Davidson, we started making our first serves in the second set and that's such a big part of tennis. It really paid off in the second and third sets."

The top four placers in singles and doubles qualified for state.

Jerome's Ryuji Odajima and Frank Kuo lost to New Albany's Ryan McNutt and Jordan Rabe 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.

"New Albany was strong and they've been to district before, so they had an experience advantage," Bauer said.

•Coffman sophomore Hiromi Nakayama went 2-2 to place fourth at district in singles and qualify for state for a second consecutive year.

Nakayama beat Upper Arlington's Brandon Griffin 6-2, 6-1 in a state-qualifier, before losing to Worthington Kilbourne's Kevin Metka 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in a semifinal and losing to Thomas Worthington's Casey Cempre 6-3, 6-4 in the consolation final.

Nakayama will face Lexington junior Nicky Wong in the first round.

Last year at state, Nakayama lost to Shaker Heights' Tommy Marx 6-2, 6-4 in the first round.

"Hiromi played a great match against Metka," coach David Drees said. "He was really tired against Cempre, but both played really great tennis, so I don't want to take anything away from him. Hopefully, Hiromi will be competitive at state."

Magal and Kumasegawa opened with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Pickerington North's Ben Prewitt and Dylan Bhaerman before losing to Stein and Seitz.

"Our doubles played great, too, and I'm very proud of them for making it that far," Drees said.

At a glance

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

COFFMAN

Last Friday-Saturday - Competed in Division I district tournament at Elysium Tennis Center. Hiromi Nakayama went 2-2 to place fourth. The doubles team of Daiki Kumasegawa and Pranav Magal went 1-1. Friday-Saturday - At state tournament at Ohio State

JEROME

May 19 - Lost to New Albany 4-1 in OTCA district semifinal Last Friday-Saturday - Competed in Division I district tournament at Elysium Tennis Center. The doubles team of Sean Stein and Kent Seitz went 3-1 to place third. The doubles team of Ryuji Odajima and Frank Kuo went 0-1. Friday-Saturday - At state tournament at Ohio State

Of note: The Celtics finished 14-3.

SCIOTO

May 19 - Lost to Pickerington North 4-1

Of note: The Irish finished 8-9.