Raider tennis blanked in North-South crossovers


The Mirror

It wasn’t a real good day for the Thomas Jefferson boys tennis team.

The Raiders went 0-3 in crossover matches with the South Puget Sound League North Division Thursday at the SPSL Tournament at Auburn High School and two of those losses ended the seasons for three TJ players.

The Jefferson doubles team of Zach Bunting and Shane Odenwalder lost a three-set heartbreaker in the winner-to-district, loser-out match Thursday, as did singles player Chris Yoon.

Bunting and Odenwalder got off to a solid start against the Kentwood pair of of Taylor Ballou and Brian Eldridge in Thursday’s match, winning the first set, 7-5. But the Kentwood team fought back to win the second set, 7-5, and Ballou and Eldridge won the decisive third, 6-3. Both teams finished in fourth place in their respective SPSL tournaments last week.

Yoon played a solid first set against Enumclaw’s Jon Ubbenga in the loser-out match, forcing a tiebreaker. But Ubbenga easily won the tiebreaker, 7-1, before dominating the second set, 6-1.

Jefferson’s lone representative to May’s West Central/Southwest District Tennis Tournament at the University of Puget Sound will be the doubles team of Jewel Sharpe and John Poore. Sharpe and Poore will be the sixth seed after losing to Kentridge’s Luyang Gai and Matt Prang in the fifth-sixth match Thursday.

The TJ pair won the first set, 6-4, but were beaten 6-4 in the second and 6-1 in the third.

Joining Sharpe and Poore at the district tournament will be Decatur singles players Chris Rice and Lawrence Lin and the Gator doubles team of Travis Wagner and Fabian Saenz. Rice, the defending state singles champion, won the SPSL title with a three-set win over Auburn Riverside’s Kyle Schraeder and Lin earned the sixth seed by losing to Auburn’s Owen Gehrett, 6-0, 6-2, in Thursday’s crossover match.

Wagner and Saenz will be the fourth seed in doubles’ action after losing to Auburn Riverside’s Alex Van Derscheldon and Christian Miller in the third-fourth crossover Thursday, 6-4, 6-4.

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