The Wellington School boys tennis team capped an already successful weekend with another championship May 27 at Reynoldsburg.
In the Division II Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state team tournament, the Jaguars opened with a 3-0 victory over Gates Mills Hawken and then edged Cincinnati Indian Hill 3-2 in the title match.
It marks the first team title in program history for the Jaguars, who had one of their doubles teams win a championship May 26 in the OHSAA individual state tournament.
“It was amazing to hang in there and get the win today. It’s definitely worth it,” sophomore Milan Gonela said.
Gonela, a state qualifier in singles who retired midway through his state quarterfinal match because of sickness, teamed with freshman Griffin Biernat at first doubles in the deciding match of the team state final.
Biernat and Gonela bounced back after falling into a one-set tie to beat Indian Hill’s Maanas Pisati and Mack Ellis 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 for the title.
Sophomore Trevor Ball and junior Adam Sorrels won at second and third singles, respectively, but the Jaguars lost the other two courts.
Against Hawken, Ball won at second singles, Biernat won at third singles and seniors Ryan Young and Kolapo Dairo won at second doubles.
Biernat teamed with his brother, senior Connor Biernat, to win a state doubles title May 26 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason as well.
“I thought we were really deep,” coach Tommy Haddow said. “Every single guy contributed.”
New Albany falls in Division I final
New Albany coach Marc Thomas acknowledged that a 3-0 loss to Mason in the OTCA Division I final — the team’s first in 17 matches this season — stung even though it came a day after Eagles players won singles and doubles championships in the OHSAA individual state tournament.
“We definitely had our chances and we came to play,” Thomas said. “This was one of those days where we played a really great team. We were close.”
Alek Jacoby lost to Shashank Reddy 6-3, 6-1 at second singles, Dev Vasani lost to Vishnu Srinath 6-0, 6-0 at third singles and Nathan Jose and Ben Yan fell to Diego Cepeda and Aneesh Zutshi 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles.
Jose and Devin Boyer won the Division I doubles championship May 26 at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Mason, and Cash won the singles title.
New Albany defeated Canfield 3-0 in a semifinal earlier May 27.
In that match, Jose defeated Ben Martin 6-1, 6-1, Ryan Mudre and Alex Wagman edged Rajan Taneja and Noah Zoldan 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at first doubles and Jacoby and Vasani beat Garrett Kuchaner and Reilly Todd 6-4, 6-1 at second doubles.
The Eagles also were OTCA state runners-up last year and placed third in 2016.
“This result does not change the fact that this was a great team and a team that will be back next year and hopefully really good again,” Thomas said. “We have to use this and build from it.”