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Raiders eye postseason run

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Reynoldsburg High School junior Cameron Raglin has put himself in position to make a third consecutive Division I district tournament, and he should have company if the seeds hold.

On Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17, in a sectional tournament, the host Raiders will be looking for another extended postseason for several of their players after having three singles players advance to district a year ago.

Raglin is the top seed and senior teammate Yosef Maher is the third seed in singles, while the doubles team of seniors Zach Kahl and Raymond Truong is seeded fourth.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles in the sectional tournament advance to the district tournament May 23 and 24 at Hilliard Davidson.

"The team has responded well after we lost to Gahanna (3-2 on April 17)," Raglin said. "I think that match helped us get focused and be more determined. I'm happy with my results and I'm pretty confident going into the sectional."

Raglin, who won sectional titles and took third at district before losing in the first round at state in each of his first two seasons, had just two losses before Reynoldsburg played Dublin Jerome on May 13.

The Raiders lost to Pickerington North 4-1 in a district final of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament May 8 and were 10-4 before May 13.

Reynoldsburg also lost to North 3-2 on April 22 as the second-doubles team of Truong and freshman Malcolm Kirksey lost 7-6, 1-6, 6-1 to Christian Keen and Peter Vanderhoff in the final match of the dual.

At sectional, Kirksey and senior Bryn Bell will comprise the other doubles team and senior Isaac Khan is Reynoldsburg's other entry in singles.

The other seeded players at sectional are St. Charles' Evan Yakubov (2) and Teays Valley's Brad Strawser (4) in singles and Dublin Jerome's Asish Katta and Ryan Worthen (1) and the St. Charles teams of Sam Sullivan and Vinh Thai (2) and Connor Yakubov and Will Niermeyer (3) in doubles.

"We had players taking tests at Ohio State or out doing concerts with the orchestra and we've (been without) some real good players, but still pulled out some good wins," coach Mark Mathias said.

Reynoldsburg finished 5-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division. It was scheduled to compete in the third-place OCC tournament May 10 at Davidson, but the event was canceled because of bad weather.

North went 7-0 and Gahanna also was 5-2, but the Lions earned the berth in the second-place tournament because of its win over the Raiders.

Pickerington Central (4-3), Lancaster (4-3), Grove City (2-5), Newark (1-6) and Groveport (0-7) rounded out the standings.

"We do have a deep team," Mathias said. "I've been real pleased with the way we've played."

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