Ruedi, Yambert survive first day
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - David Ruedi of Centennial won his first two matches at the IHSA state tennis tournament on Thursday before falling to a Nos. 5-8 seed in the third round. The second set of that 6-0, 6-4 defeat to Ben Hoogland of Glenbrook South was Ruedi at his best, according to Chargers coach Don Waybright.
"He played great," Waybright said. "I've never seen David played better in my life."
Ruedi will open play today in the fourth round of the consolation bracket. The senior will be joined by Joel Yambert of Champaign Central, who won three consecutive consolation matches after losing in the first round.
The unseeded Ruedi opened with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Mike Pill of Oak Park Fenwick. In the second round, he knocked off Jimmy Li of Wheaton Warrenville South - a Nos. 17-32 seed - 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
Ruedi trailed 5-1 in the first set before rallying.
"It was one of the few times I've seen David come back playing from behind," Waybright said. "He was down 5-1 and just started playing incredibly well."
In a tight second set, Ruedi broke Li's serve to gain the edge he needed to win the match.
About 20 minutes after that hard-earned victory, Ruedi was back on the court to face Hoogland, who swept the first set.
"I think that match with Jimmy Li took a little bit out of him," Waybright said. "But he didn't give up. He caught his second wind and battled him out to 6-4."
Yambert fell 6-2, 6-1 to Morton's Brock Reiman, a Nos. 17-32 seed, in the first round. The senior then won his next three matches in straight sets. The toughest challenge came in the third round of the consolation bracket, where Yambert fended off Kyle Watson of Edwardsville 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles, the Danville tandem of Colby Clapper and Vibhav Reddy finished 1-2, with the victory coming in the first round of the consolation bracket.