Even though the Dublin Jerome High School boys tennis team won its first six matches, coach Tyler Stephen wasn't satisfied with the way his players had performed in some of the contests.

Even though the Dublin Jerome High School boys tennis team won its first six matches, coach Tyler Stephen wasn't satisfied with the way his players had performed in some of the contests.

The Celtics opened April 3 with a 3-2 win over Dublin Coffman, avenging a 3-2 loss to the Shamrocks last season.

Stephen said his players were less focused in victories over Hilliard Bradley (5-0 on April 9), Hilliard Davidson (4-1 on April 10), Hilliard Darby (4-1 on April 16), Olentangy Liberty (4-1 on April 17) and Westerville North (4-1 on April 18).

The win over Liberty was in a Division I Ohio Tennis Coaches Association tournament match.

"It's great to be 6-0, but we understand that even though we won our first six matches, our schedule was kind up to that point," Stephen said. "Dublin Coffman was a quality win and we had to play well to beat them, and after that we had five matches where we won even though we didn't play very well.

"Our guys understand that we need to play better tennis to have more success, because most of our toughest matches are still ahead of us."

Stephen expects the Celtics to be challenged when they play host to New Albany on Thursday, April 25, and compete against host Worthington Kilbourne in an OCC-Cardinal Division match Tuesday, April 30.

Jerome beat Kilbourne 5-0 last season, but Stephen believes the Wolves are much improved.

"We're going to be underdogs against New Albany, but if we play our best tennis, it could be interesting," Stephen said. "Worthington Kilbourne also won its first three league matches to stay tied with us for first place in our conference, so it's going to be a good match.

"We have to turn it on in a big way to have the same results we've been getting. If we continue to play the way we've been playing, we won't have a lot of success the next couple weeks."

Through six matches, Kent Seitz was 6-0 at first singles and Adam Seitz was 6-0 at second singles. Using different player combinations, the Celtics won five of their first six matches at second doubles.

Jerome scored 14 points to win the eight-team Worthington Cup on April 20 at Kilbourne, as Davidson (13) and Kilbourne (13) tied for second.

The Seitz brothers went 3-0 to capture the doubles title, beating Kilbourne's Jack Klein and Rohan Gupta 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Nikil Rangaswamy went 1-2 and placed fourth in singles.

"Winning the Worthington Cup was awesome," Stephen said. "The doubles final was closer than we expected. We came out kind of flat and fell behind 3-1 in the first set before we rallied.

"Kent and Adam have had a great start to the season and we're still looking for the right combinations of people to put on the rest of the courts."

Irish's lineupremains unsettled

Scioto won two of its first three matches, beating Liberty 5-0 on April 3 and Westerville Central 5-0 in an OCC-Cardinal match April 9 and losing to Westerville South 3-2 in a league match April 17.

"We played well on all five courts to beat (Liberty)," coach Mike Wrigley said. "Sean Ferguson has won his first three matches at No. 1 singles for us, too."

Scioto will play host to Westerville North in a league match Monday, April 29. The match began April 16 but was suspended because of rain with the Irish having won the second doubles court.

Scioto will have to forfeit the third singles match, however, because Hemant Reddy won't be able to complete his match because of a sprained ankle.

"Westerville North is going to be a very close match that's likely to come down to whoever wins the last match," Wrigley said.

Wrigley is hoping to have his lineup settle by the time the Irish play host to Coffman on Wednesday, May 1.

"We've had a different lineup in each of our first three matches because a lot of our kids are involved in other school and academic activities," Wrigley said.

"It's going to stay that way for at least another week and then I'm hoping everything will settle into place for us so we can be at our best."

Shamrocks get outto good start in OCC

Coffman was 5-2 overall before playing Bexley on April 22 and won its first three OCC-Central matches.

The Shamrocks beat Davidson 4-1 on April 9, Marysville 4-0 on April 16 and Thomas Worthington 5-0 on April 18 in league play.

Winning against Thomas were Jack Buchan at first singles, Brian Do at second singles, Rohit Joshii at third singles, Leon Cai and Vishesh Javangula at first doubles and Ken Yoshino and Tsuyoshi Oda at second doubles.