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Boys Tennis

Jerome set for sectional tourney

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The Dublin Jerome High School boys tennis team entered the week having won nine of its previous 12 matches.

The Celtics, who split their first four matches, were 11-5 overall after losing to Coffman 3-2 on May 12.

Jerome defeated DeSales 5-0 on May 9 behind wins by Pranav Kaza (first singles), Tyler Stohr (second singles), Jack Bennett (third singles), Asish Katta and Ryan Worthen (first doubles) and Jason Liu and Michael Lin (second doubles).

"Our second doubles has been our strongest court thus far with Jason Liu and Michael Lin," coach Tyler Stephen said. "We just need to find some more consistency in the middle of our lineup.

"Our goal is to deal with adverse situations during a tight match more maturely as the year goes on. They're young and will improve if they keep the right mindset."

The Celtics will compete in a Division I sectional Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17, at Reynoldsburg. The top four finishers in singles and doubles from each sectional advance to district May 23 and 24 at Hilliard Davidson.

Katta and Worthen are seeded first in doubles and Stephen believes Liu and Lin have the potential to upset the fourth seed, Reynolsburg's Zach Kahl and Raymond Truong, in the second round to advance to district.

Playing singles at sectional are Kaza, Stohr and Chris Zhu.

"We hope to get both doubles teams to district," Stephen said.

"Our No. 1 and 2 (singles players), Ryan and Asish, are playing doubles together and were able to get the No. 1 seed, so I think they have a good shot. The other (doubles) team of Jason and Michael are in the fourth-seed section, so although they're unseeded, they will have a good opportunity."

The Celtics went 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place third, behind Westerville South (6-0) and Scioto (5-1). They were scheduled to compete May 10 in the third-place OCC tournament, but the event was canceled because of bad weather.

Shamrocks ready for UA sectional

Bryan Yoshino is seeded fourth in singles for Coffman in the Division I sectional Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17, at Upper Arlington.

Robbie Markus and Matt Urwin also will play singles at sectional.

Brian Do and Rohit Joshi will comprise one doubles team and Vishesh Javangula and Ken Yoshino will comprise the other.

"I'm proud of how Bryan is playing against the top-level guys he has faced," coach Brett Hundertpfund said. "He has to go against every team's best player, and recently he's been playing the best of the best. As a freshman, that can be intimidating, but Bryan has managed to really hang with these guys and I couldn't be more pleased with how he's playing in these bigger matches.

"On the doubles side of things, both of my teams have been putting together some great wins."

Coffman was 14-3 overall before playing New Albany on May 13.

The Shamrocks defeated Bexley 4-1 on May 9, getting wins from Do (first singles), Markus (second singles), Ishan Sethi (third singles) and Joshi and Bryan Yoshino (first doubles).

Coffman finished second (6-1) in the OCC-Central behind Upper Arlington (7-0). It was scheduled to compete May 10 in the second-place OCC tournament, but the event was canceled because of bad weather.

"We had a great match against Bexley," Hundertpfund said. "We both ran our sectional lineup, which meant that we both had a very strong first doubles team. There were some great points, with lots of emotion and cheering from both sides... It was some of the best doubles I've seen both Rohit and Bryan play.

"I think the match of the day has to go to my senior, Ishan Sethi. Ishan normally doesn't play singles for me, but ... Ishan was able to come up with some great points and put away shots at the net to win the third set 7-5."

Irish set to compete in Davidson sectional

Scioto's Sean Ferguson and Rohith Koneru are seeded first in doubles in the Division I sectional Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17, at Davidson.

Vijay Singaraju and Arjun Venkataraman also will play doubles at sectional, and Krish Nair, Ajaya Rai and Babur Umarov will play singles.

"Sean and Rohith's goal is to make the district tournament and play solid tennis," coach Mike Wrigley said.

"They haven't played a great deal of doubles together before this sectional tournament. For the rest of the players, our goal is to play consistent tennis and see how far they can advance."

Scioto was 8-5 overall after beating Pickerington Central 5-0 on May 12 and before playing Lancaster on May 13. It will play Wednesday, May 21, at Pickerington North.

The Irish were scheduled to compete May 10 in the second-place OCC tournament, but the event was canceled because of bad weather.

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