DANVILLE — Champaign Central wanted to keep its string of sectional tennis titles intact.
Centennial wanted to end it.
The Maroons, thanks to the play of Austin Aten in the top singles spot, were able to win their fourth straight sectional championship.
Aten beat Centennial’s Sunny Singh 6-2, 6-4 for the first time in his high school career to give the Maroons 24 points and the team title. Centennial narrowly missed out, finishing with 23 points to nab runner-up honors at the seven-team meet.
“It’s nice, and it’s maybe the way it should be with the two best players in the area,” Central coach Scott Davis said. “Of course, Centennial has had a great season and is a great team. It really seemed like Centennial was in good shape. I looked after (Friday) night’s play, and thought ‘My goodness, I think we’re just a point behind them.’ Things had to fall into place, and we needed every point.”
The contributions from the state-qualifying doubles tandem of Gabe Mitchell and Michael Yoo, along with the efforts of Chris Yim and Nikhil Thope in doubles and Hayden Dodds in singles, played a role in Saturday’s triumph.
“I said to all the kids, ‘You all contributed,’ ” Davis said. “If they didn’t step up, we wouldn’t have won.”
Uni High’s Alex Mestre and Edo Roth won their fourth consecutive doubles title.