The Davis High boys tennis team continued its strong run of form Monday afternoon, beating Oak Ridge 8-1 in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament.
The quarterfinal victory at the Davis High Tennis Complex set up a matchup with Granite Bay on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) at the same venue with a trip to the SJS finals on the line.
All eight of the Blue Devils’ Monday wins were in straight sets, and most were dominating victories such as No. 1 Dan Segedin’s 6-2, 6-0 demolition and No. 6 David Wong’s 6-0, 6-1 triumph.
DHS was equally dominant in doubles, with Victor Li and Jasper Murphy winning 6-2, 6-1, Scott Lucio and Cooper Hosley prevailing 6-3, 6-1 and Derek Malone and Kyle Qi coming up victorious 6-1, 6-1.
“It went better than expected,” said Devil coach Dale Hersch. “I was pretty confident that we’d win in doubles. It’s just kind of the way it’s been; we’re very strong.
“I was really impressed with Dan. (No. 2 Triss Dutta) had a tough match. Everybody in singles started off a little slow, but it was not a problem, they just got together and went from there.
“I’m very pleased with 8-1, I thought the guys did great.”
Dutta’s 7-6, 6-1 victory, and singles decisions that went to Chase Kellison (6-1, 6-4) and Bob Li (6-1, 7-5) rounded out the Blue Devil dominance.
No. 3 Louis Pak was the only DHS player to drop a match, falling 6-4, 7-6 to Oak Ridge’s Simon Chan.
But it was nothing but a pebble in the road as the Devils now look ahead at Granite Bay.
“If I had to bet, I’d favor us. 5-4 or 6-3 maybe,” Hersch said. “(The Grizzlies) are good. We beat them 6-3 earlier in the season. It’s going to be hot. There’s a lot of factors.
“Outside of Jesuit, Davis and Granite Bay are the second and third best teams. We’ll find out who’s second and who’s third, but my guys are ready.”
Before leaving after their victory Monday, Hersch had a talk with his team.
“I told the guys that you leave everything out on the court,” Hersch said. “Again, I think the guys are ready. Barring heat exhaustion or something like that, if these guys come out here knowing how important this is, they can keep the tradition of going to the section finals 12 years in a row.”
— Reach Evan Ream at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam