The Olentangy Orange High School doubles team of junior Jonathan Zhuravel and sophomore Jordan Phelps reached the pinnacle event of the boys tennis season.

The Olentangy Orange High School doubles team of junior Jonathan Zhuravel and sophomore Jordan Phelps reached the pinnacle event of the boys tennis season.

They're hoping to return to the Division I state tournament next spring and fare even better.

The pair went 1-1 at state May 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, beating Chagrin Falls Kenston's Austin Barr and Chloe Barr 6-4, 6-1 before losing to Copley's Gavin Aten and Gustavo Garcia 6-4, 6-3.

Aten and Garcia went on to win the state title, defeating Cincinnati Sycamore's Noah Stern and Alex Taylor 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3 in the final.

"The first match we played well after a rough start and in the second match we came out really strong," Zhuravel said. "We played overall pretty well. We play all year-round, so I'm excited (for next year). We'll work on some more doubles and on volleys."

Coach Matt Rutherford was pleased with the way his doubles team battled during the quarterfinal against Copley.

"(The Copley doubles team) really just took over at the net," Rutherford said. "They were very effective at the net. We started off (poorly) in the second set and that allowed them to gain some confidence. We battled back and showed some maturity. (Copley) had a very high first-serve percentage and they maybe missed one return the entire match."

Zhuravel and Phelps fell short of advancing to state last season, going 1-1 at district.

They reached state this season by placing second at district, losing to New Albany's Nathan Jose and Robert Cash 6-3, 6-2 in the final May 21 at Wickertree Tennis Center.

Jose and Cash went on to finish third at state.

Zhuravel and Phelps also won the doubles title in the Pickerington Central sectional held May 12 and 13. The pair defeated Gahanna's Chris Kusovski and Colin Jordan 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

Also at sectional, junior Kyle Brace went 2-1 and senior Malcolm Low and junior Connor Wolfe each went 0-1 in singles. Freshman Alex Heiden and senior Samay Pahouja were 0-1 in doubles.

Orange finished 10-4 overall and went 6-1 in the OCC-Capital Division to place second behind New Albany (7-0) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (5-2), Olentangy (4-3), Big Walnut (3-4), Delaware (2-5), Mount Vernon (1-6) and Franklin Heights (0-7).

New Albany defeated visiting Orange 5-0 on May 5.

"I thought we beat the teams that we were supposed to beat and lost to who we should have," Rutherford said. "It was a good season."