The Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team was represented by two doubles teams at the Division I district tournament last Friday at Hilliard Davidson, and both lost in the first round.

The Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team was represented by two doubles teams at the Division I district tournament last Friday at Hilliard Davidson, and both lost in the first round.

Junior Josh Rich and senior Brad Widdoes were ousted by Pickerington Central's Nischal Raya and Chase Thomas, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and senior Kunal Parikh and junior Chris Chang lost to eventual third-place finishers William Weldon and Will Thieman of Upper Arlington, 6-2, 6-2.

Coach Mark Mathias, who completed his 26th season, said he was proud of how the four played, despite not coming away with a victory.

"Both teams played pretty well," he said.

"We were more aggressive (in the first set)," Widdoes said. "They played better and we didn't get all the balls back we should have."

Weldon and Thieman had won their sectional and Parikh and Chang knew they faced a difficult challenge.

"I think that was as good as I've played all season," Parikh said. "They were just too consistent for us. Every serve came back deep and crosscourt. A doubles team has to be cohesive and they were just really good at that."

The Raiders, who had not had a district qualifier since 2005, finished 10-7 overall and went 2-3 with 21 points to take fourth in the OCC-Buckeye behind UA (5-0, 58), Hilliard Davidson (4-1, 45) and Dublin Coffman (3-2, 38) and ahead of Westerville North (1-4, 8) and Grove City (0-5, 5).

Reynoldsburg last won a league title in 1995.

In the league tournament May 10 at Davidson, Reynoldsburg advanced to semifinals on four courts but lost all four semifinals, then lost all four third-place matches -- all against Coffman.

Competing in an OCC tournament for the first time, junior David Heedy lost a three-set match to finish fourth at third singles.

Another highlight was Rich. He opened the tournament with a win over Grove City freshman Joey Hemphill, who had beaten him one week earlier during the regular season.

"I think everyone played their best," Widdoes said. "Some of the teams we played just got more shots in than we did."

The OCC will realign during the offseason, with the Raiders being put in a division that includes Gahanna, Lancaster, Pickerington North and Pickerington Central.

"I'd say our league will be more balanced next year," said Mathias. "There are a lot of teams with a good shot at doing well."

Senior Mike Theisen and sophomore Brandon Totman won a pair of matches in the sectional May 16-17 at Hilliard Darby, where Widdoes and Price were second and Parikh and Chang were fourth.

Parikh finished 17-11 playing primarily second doubles, Totman finished 15-10, Theisen was 15-12 primarily at second singles and Chang was 15-13 mostly at first doubles.

At a glance

•Record: 10-7 overall, 2-3 with 21 points (fourth) in OCC-Buckeye

•Seniors lost: Kunal Parikh, Mike Theisen, Tim Todd and Brad Widdoes

•Key returnees: Chris Chang, Josh Rich, Brandon Totman