Senior Jack Klein and freshman Rohan Gupta are learning what it takes to become a successful doubles team.
Although they have been playing together for only a couple of weeks, they already have a pair of runner-up finishes in tournament play for the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys tennis team.
They were second in the first flight of the Davidson Doubles Classic on April 13 at Hilliard Davidson and second in the Worthington Cup on April 20 at home.
"We're still getting used to playing with one another," said Klein, whose team was 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Hilliard Bradley on April 23. "We have been playing well against some of the best players in the area, but we still have a lot to work on."
At Davidson, Klein and Gupta lost to Dublin Coffman's Jack Buchan and Leon Cai 8-2 in the final. In the Worthington Cup, they lost to Adam Seitz and Kent Seitz of Dublin Jerome 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
"We have pretty good chemistry on the court," Gupta said. "Now we need to practice and build more confidence in playing together."
The Wolves tied Davidson for second (13 points) in the Worthington Cup behind Jerome (14) and ahead of Gahanna (10), Dublin Scioto (8), St. Charles (8), Thomas Worthington (5) and Olentangy Liberty (3).
"We have to make sure we serve cross-court," said Klein, whose team finished third (26) of eight squads at Davidson behind champion Cincinnati Seven Hills (33). "Also, we have to make sure we don't hit a weak second serve or you're finished. We also need to work on poaching a little more."
"We'll be playing (in a Division I) sectional together, so we want to get in as much time as possible," said Gupta, whose team's only loss through seven matches was a 5-0 decision April 12 against Seven Hills. "The more we play together, the more comfortable we will be with each other."
Eric Wang finished third in singles in the Worthington Cup, defeating Jerome's Nikil Rangaswamy 8-7 in the third-place match.
The Wolves defeated Big Walnut 5-0 on April 8 in the OTCA state team tournament. Their next tournament match will be at Reynoldsburg at a date to be determined.
Thomas showing improved play
Thomas was 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Marysville on April 23.
"Overall, we're pretty happy because we have won almost as many matches as we did all of last season when we finished 4-14," coach David Albert said. "We had eight guys on varsity last year and most were in their first season of varsity tennis. Seven of them are back this season and you can see some difference."
Thomas won matches over Big Walnut (3-2 on April 3) and Bradley (5-0 on April 10) before earning an OCC-Central win over Westland 5-0 on April 17.
The Cardinals lost their OTCA tournament match with Upper Arlington 5-0 on April 9. The match also counted as a league contest.
"I think the biggest reason we have won more has been the experience," Albert said. "Last year was their first experience in big matches and I'm seeing an improvement this year."
Senior Joshua Ong and junior Nick Meyer finished sixth in doubles in the Worthington Cup, losing to Scioto's Rohith Koneru and Krish Nair 8-4 in the fifth-place match.
Senior Paul Bohorquez defeated Liberty's Sayantan Basu 8-5 in the seventh-place match.
Thomas finished eighth (9) in the Davidson Doubles Classic.