The Granville High School boys tennis team's top doubles tandem might be at its best when it's playing at the net.

The Granville High School boys tennis team's top doubles tandem might be at its best when it's playing at the net.

"We're both 6-foot-plus guys," said junior Eric Hall, who is paired with classmate Ollie Male on the first court. "I'm like 6-2 or 6-3 and Ollie's not much smaller. I'm sure we're a little intimidating when we both play up because I don't think a lot of high-school players are as tall as we are."

The pairing has proven to be a good one for the Blue Aces, who were 2-3 overall after a 4-1 loss at Village Academy last Thursday. They played in the Teays Valley Invitational last Saturday, a week after Hall and Male won the doubles title at the Whetstone Invitational on April 18.

"It was just nice playing three matches in one day, really," Hall said. "That finally gave us a chance to get some rhythm going. We haven't got to play very much because of the weather."

Hall and Male defeated Stephen Thorley and John Acomb of DeSales 10-6 in the final at Whetstone.

"They're both kind of tall, they have good hands and they communicate very well with each other. I think that's what separated them from everyone else at the Whetstone tournament," coach Keith Mullins said. "And when they both get to the net, they're pretty tough getting a ball by."

Hall and Male, both of whom are third-year varsity players, had dropped consecutive matches to Reynoldsburg's Brandon Totman and Chris Chang 6-4, 6-3 on April 15 and Bexley's Brian Seckel and Elliot Fowler 6-2, 6-2 the next day. Totman and Chang were undefeated at the time, and Seckel and Fowler advanced to a Division II state-tournament-qualifying match a year ago.

"(Hall and Male) like playing doubles, that's the thing. Some players just don't like sharing a court with anyone else," Mullins said. "Individually, they're both pretty strong players, and now they're really starting to settle in and get comfortable with each other playing doubles. They're both good servers, too. We think that team has a real good chance of making it to the district meet in a few weeks."

The Blue Aces are hoping to make up for lost time before competing in the MSL-Ohio/Cardinal Division tournament May 9 at Columbus Academy. They will play host to Hamilton Township on Monday, Whitehall on Tuesday and Zanesville Rosecrans on Wednesday and visit Bexley on Thursday. Five matches are scheduled the next week.

"Playing as much as possible right now is the big thing," Hall said. "Winning at Whetstone felt really good, but now we've got to be able to build some momentum off it."