Dublin Jerome High School boys tennis coach Tyler Stephen acknowledges that Adam Seitz and Kent Seitz didn't play to their potential while placing fourth in doubles in the Division I district tournament.

Dublin Jerome High School boys tennis coach Tyler Stephen acknowledges that Adam Seitz and Kent Seitz didn't play to their potential while placing fourth in doubles in the Division I district tournament.

The Seitz brothers won their first two matches May 24 at Hilliard Davidson before losing their next two May 25. The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advanced to the state tournament Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.

"Kent and Adam played pretty well in their first three matches, but they had a terrible performance in their last match to drop into fourth place," Stephen said. "Their focus and effort just wasn't there. They were missing shots because they weren't moving between points or closing in on volleys."

Despite that performance, Stephen is not discounting the duo from winning the state title.

"I truly believe that if they are focused, I like their chances against anyone there," Stephen said. "There's nobody in the state tournament they can't compete with if they play their best tennis.

"They will go as far as they want to go. It all depends on which team shows up and what they want to get out of it."

The Seitz brothers opened district with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Worthington Kilbourne's Steven Borchers and George Liu and defeated Scioto's Hemant Reddy and Arjun Venkataraman 6-0, 6-1 in a state-qualifying match before losing to Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin and Nate Wallace 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a semifinal.

The duo then lost to New Albany's Nick Blair and Alex Kobelt 6-4, 6-3 in the consolation final.

"We played well against UA, but we lost some big points and lost the match," Kent Seitz said. "If we would have won that match, we would have been a lot more fired up to play in the district final. We didn't put in the effort against New Albany and it cost us."

Kent Seitz was a district qualifier in singles last season, but he and 2011 graduate Sean Stein reached the second round at state in doubles in 2011 after placing fourth at state in 2010.

"Sean and I went to state as the No. 3 seed and still finished fourth there, so it shows that seeding isn't everything," Kent Seitz said. "This is my senior year, so I'm going to do everything I can to win matches at state. We're going to stay with what we're doing, but we need to have better footwork at state. I had problems with my serve at district, so we're working on our serves so they don't come back to bite us like they did (at district)."

Also competing at district for Jerome was the doubles team of Patrick Liu and Pranav Kaza, who lost to Coffman's Tyler Buchan and Leon Cai 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

"Pranav didn't even play varsity tennis last year, so he's come a long way," Stephen said. "Patrick and Pranav both played well and gave Coffman a fairly competitive match."

Jerome wrapped up its dual-match schedule last week. The Celtics lost to Pickerington North 3-2 on May 20 and fell to UA 3-0 in a Division I OTCA district semifinal May 21 to finish 14-5 overall.

Coffman's Buchan, Caiheaded back to state

Coffman will be represented at state by the doubles team of Buchan and Cai, who went 3-1 and placed third at district.

After beating Jerome's Liu and Kaza, the duo defeated UA's Peter Pema and Ben Minton 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in a state-qualifying match and beat New Albany's Blair and Kobelt 6-4, 6-4 in a semifinal before losing to UA's Melvin and Wallace 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

"We played OK, but we still have room for improvement," Cai said. "Our match with New Albany was tight, but we pulled through. We've known each other for so long and, in times of need, we picked each other up. We lost to UA, but we hung with them most of the time, which gives us confidence."

Buchan and Cai made their state debut last year, beating Copley's Andrew Ong and Jared Pennington 6-4, 6-4 in the first round before losing to Cincinnati Sycamore's Yuri Karev and Nakul Narendran 6-3, 7-5 to in the second round.

"We won't be as shocked by how amazing everyone else is this time because we've been there before and know what to expect," Cai said. "We need to work cohesively together, put away volleys and close sets better."

Also competing at district for the Shamrocks was Brian Do, who lost to UA's Eric Hunter 6-0, 6-0 in the first round in singles.

Scioto's season endsin district tourney

Competing at district for Scioto were Sean Ferguson in singles and the doubles team of Reddy and Venkataraman.

Ferguson lost to New Albany's Rathnakishore Giri 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round and Reddy and Venkataraman defeated Davidson's Joe Justus and Michael Porter 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round before losing to the Seitz brothers.

The Irish lost to Pickerington North 4-1 on May 21 to finish 9-5 in dual matches.