If he and partner Kevin Blackstone of the Hilliard Davidson High School boys tennis team had to play defending state champions Chris Diaz and Philip Diaz of Watterson in the home Division I district tournament last Friday and Saturday, Trent Searfoss wanted that meeting to come as early as possible.

If he and partner Kevin Blackstone of the Hilliard Davidson High School boys tennis team had to play defending state champions Chris Diaz and Philip Diaz of Watterson in the home Division I district tournament last Friday and Saturday, Trent Searfoss wanted that meeting to come as early as possible.

It did come early -- in the first round -- but Searfoss and Blackstone were unable to catch the Diaz brothers off guard as they lost 6-1, 6-0.

"If you're playing well, you can beat anyone," Searfoss said. "We did pretty well, but then the errors came along. We didn't finish the way we wanted."

Davidson had five competitors at district, but none got past the second round. The top four in singles and doubles advanced to state Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

Jeremy Mokry and Ben McClarren lost to Upper Arlington's James Melvin and Billy Weldon 6-4, 6-1 in the qualifying round and Stephen Valentine lost to New Albany's Peter Kobelt, last year's state runner-up, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.

"I was proud to have five people representing us in the district," said coach Shawn Walton, whose team finished 7-8 overall. "We fought as hard as we could but it didn't work out for us today."

Mokry and McClarren defeated New Albany's Ryan McNutt and Oliver Sybert 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round.

"I really don't think (the length of the first-round match) affected us," Mokry said. "As soon as you get off the court, you rest up and get ready to play your next match. (Melvin and Weldon were) very, very good at the net, hit good volleys and were very solid."

"The first round was a long grueling match and I was pretty tired after it, but we fought through it," McClarren said. "We played pretty well but things just didn't work out today against UA."

Davidson will lose Valentine (first singles), Mokry (third singles) and Eric Nash (second doubles) to graduation.

Top expected returnees include Blackstone, McClarren, Searfoss, Zack Page and Spencer Walter.

In the OCC-Central Division, Davidson finished 3-4 with 43 points to place fifth behind UA (7-0, 73), Worthington Kilbourne (6-1, 68), Dublin Coffman (5-2, 54) and Thomas Worthington (4-3, 44) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (2-5, 18), Westland (0-7, 11) and Central Crossing (1-6, 7).

"I felt we were consistent with what we did day in and day out," Walton said.

"We worked hard and tried to let the hard work come through. I'm a firm believer if you put a lot into it, you're going to get a lot out of it."

At a glance

•Record: 7-8 overall, 3-4 with 43 points (fifth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Jeremy Mokry, Eric Nash and Stephen Valentine

•Key returnees: Kevin Blackstone, Ben McClarren, Zack Page, Trent Searfoss and Spencer Walter