Right before he took the court for the Worthington Cup's singles final last Saturday, Kevin Metka knew just where the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys tennis team stood.

Right before he took the court for the Worthington Cup's singles final last Saturday, Kevin Metka knew just where the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys tennis team stood.

Coach Steve Metzmaier told Metka if he won his match against Upper Arlington's Ben Benalcazar, the Wolves would earn their second consecutive Worthington Cup. If he lost, the teams would tie.

"I don't mind telling you this because I know how much you love pressure," Metzmaier said with a laugh.

Apparently, Metka plays well under pressure as he defeated Benalcazar 6-1, 6-0.

"I've never had too many worries about Kevin," Metzmaier said. "Out ofall the players I've had in 20 years of coaching, I'm not sure I've had a player who has as much potential as he has. He's going to be something special."

Chris Yoon and Jonny Price were third indoubles as the Wolves finished with 15 points. UA was second with 11, followed by Bexley (10), Watterson (10), Hilliard Davidson (9), St. Charles (7), Olentangy Liberty (7) and Thomas Worthington (5).

The performance of Price and Yoon was critical as they beat Bexley's Preston Phillips, a two-time state qualifier, and David Seckel 10-8 in the third-place match.

"Our teamwork came together today," Yoon said. "The Cup helped Jonny and mewith our teamwork. When we worked together, we won most of the points. When we didn't talk to each other, we lost. Hopefully in sectional and in districts we'll work better together."

Metka's win was part of a day of repeats at Worthington Cup. In addition to Metka and the Wolves repeating as champions, Watterson's Chris Diaz and Philip Diaz repeated as the doubles champion, defeating Davidson's Ben McClarren and Jeremy Mokry 7-5, 6-2 in the final.

"It was a lot harder winning it this year," said Metka, who defeated Thomas' Tyler Cempre 10-5 in last year's final. "I had to play (two-time state qualifier Arren Carter of Liberty) in the first round. When I saw that draw, I was scared."

Casey Cempre of Thomas was sixth in singlesafter losing to Carter 8-5. Nick Wortman and David Edison defeated St. Charles' Jack Toscano and Grant Dolven 8-0 to place seventh in doubles.

"Arren has probably the best serve out of anyone I've played. That made it hard to be offensive," Cempre said. "One of the things I learned about today was how to play against the wind. In this match you had to hit with so much more spin but not so hard."

Despite the last-place finish at the event, Thomas coach Tyler Stephen said he was pleased with how his team has been playing.

The Cardinals opened with a 5-0 loss to Upper Arlington on April 2 but had won five in a row after toppling Groveport 5-0 last Monday.

"UA's not the kind of match you want to start with," Stephen said. "We have a lot of young kids and you don't want their confidence to go down. I was pleased with how they were able to bounce back. (Winning four consecutive matches) says a lot about their character."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Kilbourne and Thomas boys tennis teams:

KILBOURNE

April 20 -- Match vs. New Albany postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

*April 22 -- Defeated Westland 5-0

*April 23 -- Def. Central Crossing 5-0

Last Friday -- Def. Gahanna 4-1

Last Saturday -- Finished first (15) ahead of runner-up Upper Arlington (11) in eight-team Worthington Cup. Kevin Metka won the singles title, beating UA's Ben Benalcazar 6-1, 6-0 in the final.

Last Monday -- Def. Watterson 3-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Dublin Coffman

Today -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty

*Friday -- At Hilliard Davidson

*Tuesday -- At Thomas

May 7 -- At Columbus Academy

Of note: The Wolves were 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

THOMAS

April 20 -- Match at DeSales postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

April 22 -- Def. Westerville Central 5-0

*April 23 -- Def. Hilliard Darby 5-0

*Last Friday -- Def. Westland 5-0

Last Saturday -- Finished eighth (5) in Worthington Cup

Last Monday -- Def. Groveport 5-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Central Crossing

Today -- Home vs. Pickerington Central

Monday -- Home vs. Bexley

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Kilbourne

Wednesday -- Home vs. Pickerington North

May 7 -- At Westerville North

Of note: The Cardinals were 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central match