Maroons tennis claim sectional title
URBANA — The order of the day for the Champaign Central boys' tennis team: "Pictures galore," coach Scott Davis said.
That's always a good thing.
The Maroons followed up their Big 12 Conference co-championship from Monday with a sectional title Saturday, sending two singles players and a doubles team to the state tournament next weekend in Chicago.
"A great day," Davis said. "The guys were excited. Two sectional championships in a row; that means a lot. Co-champs of the Big 12, Springfield Invitational champs ... we've had a great year."
The Maroons, who tied with Danville for the conference crown, compiled 26 points Saturday. St. Thomas More (15) was second and Centennial (12) third. Danville and Decatur St. Teresa each had 11.
Central freshman Austin Aten earned the singles title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against Decatur St. Teresa's Patrick Kuhle. It was the second time this season Aten rallied to beat Kuhle after dropping the first set.
The other two state qualifiers in singles were St. Thomas More's Travis Tressler and Central freshman Kenneth Yun. Tressler posted a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against Yun in the third-place match.
Urbana Uni High's Ido Roth and Alex Mestre earned a decisive title in doubles, beating Centennial's David Lee and Akshay Krishnamani 6-0, 6-0 in the final. Danville's Matthew Kidwell and Tyler Ellis took third place by virtue of a 6-4, 6-2 win against Central's Sam Wampler and Ryan Smith.
The state tournament begins Thursday at several sites in Chicago's northern sub- urbs.