HINSDALE - It was just another day at the office for Hinsdale Central’s boys tennis team.
For the third year in a row and fourth time in the last six years, the Red Devils earned a maximum 36 points as they captured the title at their own sectional tournament last weekend.
Now they turn their sights to their No. 1 goal this season – a state title. The state tournament was scheduled to begin Thursday at Hersey High School and surrounding schools. The championship matches are scheduled for Saturday at Hersey.
Sectional singles champ Martin Joyce and runner-up Michael Lorenzini and the defending state champion doubles team of Alex Hagermoser and Peter Henegan all have extensive state tournament experience that will come in handy this weekend.
“Alex and Peter have won a state championship so they know everything it takes to win a state title,” Central coach John Naisbitt said. “This is their third state tournament, they’re the No. 1 seed and they know they have to win seven matches to win it, and having that experience is huge.
“Martin has been through it. He’s tourney tough anyway but he’s been through a state tournament before, and he has such lofty expectations. He wants to win a title for himself and the team.”
It was Central vs. Central in the championship matches in both the singles and doubles draws at the sectional.
Joyce dropped just three games in three matches before facing Lorenzini in the singles title match. Lorenzini proved to be Joyce’s stiffest test of the tourney with Joyce prevailing 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Eddie Grabill and Harold Martin faced Hagermoser and Henegan for the doubles title. Grabill and Martin earned a tough 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
The Hornets had three quarterfinal appearances and earned one state berth at the Hinsdale Central sectional last weekend.
Greg Murray and Eric Wing followed a 6-0, 6-0 win in the second round with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Lyons Township in the quarterfinals, which guaranteed their state berth. Murray and Wing dropped their final two matches and finished fourth.
Matt Bennett and Zayd Hayani reached the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-3 win but then fell in their next match to end the tournament.
In singles play, Raman Mathur swept his way to a 6-0, 6-0 win and a spot in the quarterfinals, but he dropped his next match to end the tournament.