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Oak Ridge eliminated by Davis

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge’s hopes of a Division I section tennis title were ruined by Davis on May 11, as the Trojans fell to Blue Devils, 5-4, in the semifinals. Oak Ridge coach Pat Ryan said before the match-up that he felt the key to the match would be the play of his doubles teams and he couldn’t have been more correct. Oak Ridge won four of the six singles matches and just needed one win in doubles, but didn’t get it. “We came close but we didn’t quite get it and we’re disappointed,” Ryan said. “The guys made a great effort, though. Our number three doubles team was up 5-4 in one set and lost and the other lost a tiebreaker in the second set.” Oak Ridge had the talent to win one of those matches, but a lack of experience was working against them. Four of its six doubles players are freshmen. Junior Jonathan Kim and freshman Jacob Zetlin played at No. 1 doubles and lost 6-4, 6-1, while senior Tom Barton and freshman Charlie Conaro fell at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). A pair of freshmen, Matt Fergerson and Matthew Lai, played at No. 3 doubles and lost 7-5, 6-3. “I think it came down to experience and we had a lot of freshmen playing, but I also think that it was a good experience for them,” Ryan said. Sophomore Brandon Sutter picked up a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles, while senior Tanner Schmutte won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2. Sophomore Jimmy Giovannini and senior Alex Charn won three-set matches at No. 4 and 5, respectively. Giovannini won 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, while Charn won 6-1, 1-6, 7-5. Senior Andrew Hall dropped a three-set decision at No. 3 singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, while junior Nic Atkinson lost at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-4.