The Wellington School boys tennis team earned a return trip to the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division II state tournament with a dominating effort against visiting Columbus Academy on May 13.

The Jaguars avenged a 3-2 loss to the Vikings on April 23 with a 3-0 win in a district final, advancing to state May 26 at Reynoldsburg.

Milan Gonela won 6-3, 6-2 at second singles, Griffin Biernat won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles and Evan Manley and Ben Marshall won 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.

Wellington played the first match without first-singles player Trevor Ball, who was out with a shoulder injury. Ball was leading Suriya Sundaram in the district final when the match was stopped after his team had secured the win with a 3-0 lead.

“This is good because we had our No. 1 injured for most of the year,” said Wellington coach Tommy Haddow, whose team improved to 11-3 overall. “It’s been a hard year because we haven’t had him the whole season, but the goal was to get back to state. We have three good singles players. It’s an advantage.”

Haddow also is the girls tennis coach at Academy.

Last season, Wellington defeated Cincinnati Indian Hill 3-2 in the state title match.

While the Vikings finished the regular season 15-3, they won the MSL-Ohio Division title at 5-0, ahead of second-place Wellington (4-1), thanks to the April 23 win.

“This was great for the tennis community here,” Academy coach Marc Wurtzman said. “They came out, home court and played really well. Our guys were very excited for the match. We gave it our all, but Wellington is coached very well and they have a great team. They played a great match.”

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