Even for a program as successful as the Upper Arlington High School boys tennis team, district championships don't come too often.

Even for a program as successful as the Upper Arlington High School boys tennis team, district championships don't come too often.

The Golden Bears became the first area team in nine years to win titles in both singles and doubles in the same season when they swept the championships in the Division I district tournament May 18 and 19 at Hilliard Davidson.

Stu Little defeated Dublin Coffman's Hiromi Nakayama 6-3, 6-2 in the singles final and Nate Wallace and Jeffrey Melvin beat New Albany's Oliver Sybert and Alex Kobelt 6-2, 7-5 in the doubles final.

The last area team to win district titles in singles and doubles in the same season was Columbus Academy, which accomplished the feat in 2003 in Division II.

UA had won only three district championships in the past 10 seasons. Little and 2011 graduate Billy Weldon won the doubles title in 2010 and Sumanth Chittajallu and Eamonn Bahnson won it in 2004. Chittajallu was the team's last champion in singles, winning the title in 2005.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advanced to the state tournament Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, at Ohio State.

This marks the 54th consecutive season in which UA will be represented at state.

"Winning a district championship (is) pretty awesome," Wallace said. "You think about all the great players at UA and we are the ones that to get carry on that tradition."

Little, a junior who won the past two state doubles titles with Weldon, didn't lose a game in his first two matches at district. He defeated Davidson's Spencer Walter 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and Westerville Central's Luke Buchanan 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. He then defeated Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin 6-1, 6-0 in a semifinal before beating Nakayama, a four-time state qualifier.

After losing in three sets in a state-qualifying singles match last year, Melvin, a sophomore, was determined to make it to state this year.

"From the beginning of the season, this was a big goal," he said. "I knew we could do it in doubles because Nate is such a great player."

Wallace, a junior who was a state qualifier in doubles last season, and Melvin beat Delaware's Josh Byerly and Colton Richard 6-0, 6-1 and New Albany's Ameen Farwana and Jordan Rabe 6-1, 6-2 in the first two rounds at district. They then defeated Dublin Jerome's Jared Judson and Frank Kuo 6-1, 6-2 in a semifinal before beating Sybert and Kobelt.

Last year at state, Wallace and 2011 graduate Eric Vannatta lost to Mason's Miguel Cepeda and Luke Tsai, the eventual runners-up, 7-6, 6-1 in a quarterfinal.

"We've worked hard for this and practiced a lot," Wallace said. "I'll know more about what I have to do. I know how I have to approach each match and be ready to play for each player."

Also competing for UA at district were the doubles team of Peter Pema and Ben Minton, who defeated Jerome's Patrick Liu and Kevin Lin 6-2, 7-6 in the first round before losing to Coffman's Leon Cai and John Buchan 6-3, 6-4 in the qualifying round, and Brandon Griffin, who defeated New Albany's Julian Judge 6-1, 6-3 in the first round in singles before losing to Nakayama 6-3, 6-2 in the qualifying round.