Juniors Jack Buchan and Leon Cai of the Dublin Coffman High School boys tennis team went into the Division I state tournament without any expectations given that it was their first appearance.

Juniors Jack Buchan and Leon Cai of the Dublin Coffman High School boys tennis team went into the Division I state tournament without any expectations given that it was their first appearance.

The duo's relaxed approach paid dividends, as they won a match in the tournament May 25 and 26 at Ohio State.

They defeated Copley's Andrew Ong and Jared Pennington 6-4, 6-4 in the first round before losing to Cincinnati Sycamore's Yuri Karev and Nakul Narendran 6-3, 7-5 in the second round.

"It's a unique atmosphere with so many people there watching you, so I'm surprised with how loose we were," Cai said. "My partner and I just went out there swinging and had a good time, and we ended up playing really well.

"Jack's serve is superb and he was on (at state). I had some good shots at the net and we were both solid from the baseline. Cincinnati Sycamore came out swinging, too, and they executed a little bit better than us."

Making his fourth consecutive state appearance in singles, senior Hiromi Nakayama lost to Cleveland St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin 6-3, 6-3 in the first round.

"This was a rough day for Hiromi," coach Brett Hundertpfund said. "Hiromi was a little off his game and I think the pressure of being a senior with high expectations may have gotten to him. He played a super tough freshman and he jumped all over Hiromi's second serve."

The Shamrocks finished 11-4 overall in dual matches, including a 4-1 win over Jerome on April 11.

Coffman went 6-1 in OCC-Central Division dual matches and finished the league tournament May 5 at Hilliard Darby with 54 points to place second behind Upper Arlington (77, 7-0) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (44, 5-2), Worthington Kilbourne (34, 4-3), Thomas Worthington (27, 3-4), Darby (20, 2-5), Westland (9, 1-6) and Central Crossing (4, 0-7).

Finishing second in the league tournament were Buchan (first singles), sophomore Michael Chen (second singles), Cai and freshman Brian Do (first doubles) and freshmen Vishesh Javangula and Ken Yoshino (second doubles)

In a sectional May 10 and 12 at Davidson, Buchan and Cai went 4-0, beating teammates Do and sophomore Rohit Joshi 6-2, 6-1 in the final. Nakayama went 5-0 to place first in singles and Do and Joshi went 3-1.

At district May 18 and 19 at Davidson, Nakayama went 3-1 and placed second, Buchan and Cai went 3-1 and placed third and Do and Joshi went 0-1.

"We had a great season overall," Cai said. "We're losing two seniors (Nakayama and Sabin Park, who alternated between third singles and second doubles). I think it's going to be a lot tougher without Hiromi, but we'll do our best to keep winning next year."

Celtics enjoyed successful season

Jerome's doubles team of seniors Jared Judson and Frank Kuo opened the state tournament with a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Richfield Revere's Peter Harris and Noah Hendrickson.

"Walking out onto the court and seeing all of those people was a great experience for Frank and I," Judson said. "We played well, but we didn't win the important points to win the match."

The Celtics finished 16-2 overall in dual matches, including a 4-1 win over Bexley on May 7.

Jerome went 7-0 in OCC-Cardinal matches and finished first in the league tournament May 5 at Olentangy Liberty with 86 points, ahead of Scioto (56, 6-1), Westerville Central (51, 5-2), Liberty (49, 4-3), Westerville South (36, 3-4), Westerville North (22, 2-5), Olentangy (14, 1-6) and Marysville (9, 0-7).

Winning league titles were junior Kent Seitz (first singles), Kuo (second singles), Judson (third singles), junior Kevin Lin and sophomore Patrick Liu (first doubles) and seniors Sunny Feng and Austin Hunt (second doubles).

In a sectional May 10 and 12 at Pickerington Central, Seitz went 5-0 to place first in singles, Lin and Liu went 3-1 and placed third in doubles and Judson and Kuo went 2-2 and placed fourth in doubles.

At district, Judson and Kuo went 2-2 and placed fourth, Seitz went 1-1 and Lin and Liu went 0-1.

"Winning every court in our conference was a goal of ours and we were able to do that against good competition," coach Tyler Stephen said. "Beating Bexley was a good win because they were one of the top Division II teams."

Jerome loses four starters in Kuo (second singles), Judson (third singles), Feng (second doubles) and Hunt (second doubles).

"I think our seniors did a great job of setting an example for the younger guys on our team," Judson said. "They will definitely be successful next year because Kent is coming back to play No. 1 singles and his younger brother, Adam, probably will play No. 2 singles as a freshman. We'll have a lot of good players moving up from our undefeated (junior varsity) team, too."

Irish have best OCC finish since 2006

Scioto finished 16-5 overall in dual matches, defeating Liberty 5-0 on April 17 and Westerville Central 3-2 on April 12 in key OCC-Cardinal matches en route to placing second in the league.

In the OCC-Cardinal tournament, senior Kirushanth Ravindran (second singles) went 2-1 and placed second and seniors Ben Albert and Jeffrey Lam (first doubles) and senior Siddarth Machiraju and junior Hemant Reddy (second doubles) went 2-1 and placed third.

The Irish also beat Gahanna 3-2 on April 11 and 3-2 on May 8.

"Beating Liberty and Westerville Central and beating Gahanna twice were highlights because we've had trouble with those teams in the past," coach Mike Wrigley said. "We finished second in our league for the first time (since 2006), and that was good, too."

In a sectional May 10 and 12 at Davidson, sophomore Sean Ferguson went 4-1 and placed second in singles and Albert and Lam went 3-1 and placed third in doubles.

At district, Ferguson and the doubles team of Albert and Lam went 1-1.

The Irish loses five seniors in Ravindran (third singles), Albert and Lam (first singles), and Gautam Machiraju and Siddarth Machiraju (second doubles).

Ferguson (first singles), Reddy (second doubles) and sophomore Arjun Venkataraman (second singles) are expected to return.

"Our seniors played very well over the course of their careers," Wrigley said. "I think we'll be down a little bit next year because we didn't have a strong j.v. team, but I'm hoping everyone will improve in the offseason."