Ruedi, Miller lift Chargers

By: Brandon Barak

By: Brandon Barak

By: Brandon Barak

By: Brandon Barak

URBANA – If they were looking for a tuneup for next weekend's state tournament, Centennial's doubles tennis team of David Ruedi and Quinn Miller got one Saturday.

After breezing to a Big 12 title at last weekend's conference tournament, Ruedi and Miller were tested en route to an IHSA sectional title.

"They were tested today. They were breezing along and then things turned in the title match," Centennial coach Don Waybright said. "I hope them going three sets today doesn't hurt their state seeding. I am hoping they land anywhere between 10 and 16."

After beating Danville's Devon Kidwell and Jessie Roberson in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals, Ruedi and Miller needed three sets to beat Colby Clapper and Lewis Towne of Danville, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Ruedi and Miller weren't the only bright spot for Centennial. The Chargers won the team title, qualifying for the state tournament in the process.

Centennial's Billy Regan held up his seeding with a fourth-place finish in singles. Phil Ramsbottom and Sam Kim also held seed with a third-place performance in doubles.

"The seedings held true to form, we knew if we held seeds we could win," Waybright said.

Waybright has high state hopes.

"Ruedi and Miller were there last year as singles – this year they will have a better chance of advancing deeper into the tournament," he said. "This is one of the biggest wins for the program. We have had good individuals before, but this is one of the first trips as a team. We are hoping for a good draw. We will just wait and see, maybe we can get a top-10 finish."

Champaign Central's Joel Yambert won the singles championship match, defeating Kyle Tolliver of Urbana after an injury default in the third set. He attended prom later in the day.

"There was a lot of good competition today. I had lost to Tolliver before. I am going to try and finish in the top 32 at state. It would be a good accomplishment," Yambert said.

The top four in each division advance to the state tournament.

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