Cameron Raglin of the Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team had a difficult time matching the serving prowess of Westlake senior Colton Buffington in a 6-4, 6-2 loss in the first round of the Division I state tournament May 25 at Ohio State.

Cameron Raglin of the Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team had a difficult time matching the serving prowess of Westlake senior Colton Buffington in a 6-4, 6-2 loss in the first round of the Division I state tournament May 25 at Ohio State.

Perhaps the freshman can take solace in the fact that so did everyone else who played Buffington.

In fact, Raglin won more games off Buffington than anyone at state. Buffington went on to win the state title, beating Liberty Township Lakota East's Zach Mueck 6-2, 6-3 in the final May 26.

"His serve kept getting better and better (throughout the match) and my serve remained about the same," said Raglin, who finished 24-3 but lost three of his last four matches. "My game didn't increase."

Raglin, who placed third in the district tournament May 18 and 19 at Hilliard Davidson, expected to play a district runner-up in his opening match. However, because of an uneven distribution of state qualifiers, he was the only third-place finisher who had to face a district champion in the first round.

"It was unlucky. I wish I got a better draw," said Raglin, Reynoldsburg's first state qualifier since 2005. "I think I could've beaten a number of these kids and may have been able to beat him if I played a little better."

Reynoldsburg finished 17-3 overall and reached the district final of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association tournament for the first time since 2005, losing to Upper Arlington 5-0 on May 21.

The Raiders fell three points shy in their quest to win their first OCC championship since 1995. They went 6-1 in OCC-Ohio Division dual matches and finished the league tournament May 5 at home with 60 points to place second, behind Pickerington North (63, 7-0) and ahead of Gahanna (47, 5-2), Grove City (32, 4-3), Pickerington Central (29, 3-4), Lancaster (18, 2-5), Groveport (16, 1-6) and Newark (3, 0-7).

Raglin defeated Grove City's Joey Swavely 6-1, 6-2 to win the league title at first singles and sophomore Yosef Maher beat Gahanna's Sam Raybuck 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to win the title at third singles.

Placing second were senior Adam Edwards at second singles and junior Pope Lake and sophomore Isaac Khan at second doubles. Senior Sai Korada and junior Brandon Person placed third at first doubles.

At district, Raglin went 3-1, losing to Upper Arlington's Stu Little 6-1, 6-0 in a semifinal before winning the third-place match when Gahanna's Canyon Teague forfeited because of an injury.

Also at district, the doubles team of Korada and Lake lost in the first round to Dublin Scioto's Ben Albert and Jeffrey Lam 6-3, 6-4.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district qualified for state.

In the sectional tournament May 10 and 12 at home, Raglin went 5-0, defeating Westerville Central's Mitra Patel 6-2, 6-2 in a semifinal and Teague 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 in the championship match.

Korada and Lake went 4-1, beating Gahanna's Daniel Emhoff and Eric Chen 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in a semifinal but losing to Groveport's Dylan Merle and Evan Zimmerman 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match.

Also at sectional, Person went 2-1, Edwards went 1-1 and the doubles team of Khan and sophomore Zach Kahl went 1-1.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district.

Reynoldsburg loses two seniors in Edwards and Korada but expects to return Kahl, Khan, Lake, Maher, Person and Raglin.

"We've always had such a good group of guys, but Cameron has made our team so much deeper," said coach Mark Mathias, who completed his 30th season leading the program. "We probably set a record for winning (16) three-set matches this year. We hung in there and hung around."