Centennial claims Big 12 tennis crown

Centennial claims Big 12 tennis crown

By: Brandon Barak

By: Brandon Barak

By: Brandon Barak

By: Brandon Barak

NORMAL – David Ruedi breezed to a win at No. 1 singles to lead Centennial to the title at the Big 12 Tennis Championships.

Ruedi combined with Quinn Miller to take the No. 1 doubles title. Miller also provided a spark for the Chargers, taking the crown at No. 2 singles.

Ruedi and Miller were top seeds in their brackets.

"Ruedi and Miller have breezed through this season, with the only exception being their one loss to a highly ranked state team. They really have not been tested this whole year," Chargers coach Don Waybright said.

The duo was not the only reason Centennial earned a 10-point victory against second-place Bloomington. Unseeded Billy Regan provided an unexpected spark, advancing to the title match at No. 3 singles. Regan lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to the Raiders' John Delanois.

"Unseeded Billy Regan reaching the finals really impressed me. Regan was our biggest surprise, and he gained us the most points by reaching the championship match," Waybright said.

The dominance did not end there for the Chargers, who also received titles from Jake Schilling (No. 6 singles) and Regan/Schilling (No. 3 doubles).

Phil Ramsbottom and Sam Kim held their seeding by finishing second at No. 2 doubles. All three Centennial doubles teams reached championship matches.

"It was a total team effort. Every one of our doubles teams were in a championship match. The guys are playing as good as they can right now. We have sectionals next week, and our ultimate goal is to qualify as a team for state," Waybright said.

Keegan Bannon paced Central with a third-place finish at No. 5 singles.

Sections (3):Prep Sports, Sports, Tennis
Categories (3):Prep Sports, Tennis, Sports

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