Behind a sweep from the three doubles teams, the Davis High boys tennis team maintained its good early-season form with a 5-2 win over Pleasant Valley on Thursday evening at the Davis High Tennis Complex.
Though the Blue Devils’ top two singles players failed to win their matches, DHS showed outstanding depth against a solid Viking squad to improve to 7-3 on the season.
“I thought they played really well,” said Devil coach Dale Hersch. “We’ve had breaks with spring break and the rain and what have you. I think they played very well. It was a little lopsided; I mean, Pleasant Valley is very top-heavy.”
Davis’ No. 1 doubles team of Chase Kellison and Victor Li set the bar early, easily winning 6-1, 6-3, while the No. 2 duo — Alex Chen and Yoshi Wainwright — prevailed 6-3, 6-1 and James Cole/Jasper Murphy rolled, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 3.
“Our doubles were super solid,” Hersch said. “They didn’t just get the job done, they actually stayed on top the whole time. It’s not just a matter of saying, ‘we can win the match, we can do it any way we want,’ they actually went out there and took care of business.”
All of the matches finished in straight sets except the No. 3 singles contest between Tris Dutta and Pleasant Valley’s Pete Gibson.
After winning the first set 6-4, Dutta dropped the second 6-2 to set up a dramatic third set that featured a series of competitive rallies. As players from both teams gathered around and cheered for their respective teammate, Dutta ended up winning the final set 10-6 nearly 30 minutes after everyone else had stopped playing.
“Every guy on our team, they can hit the ball, they’re really strong, but it’s about competing when you get out there,” Hersch said of the Blue Devils’ depth. “It’s a lot different in practice than in match play. You gotta compete the whole time out there.”
“We don’t get a lot of matches like this where it’s pretty close,” Hersch added. “It’s nice to get matches that are pretty close. It’s nice to get matches that can go either way, the final score being 5-2 is pretty nice instead of losing 9-0 or winning 9-0, which happens too often.”
Notes: Dan Segedin (at No. 1) and Louis Pak (at No. 2) were the only DHS players to fall in the nonleague match. … The Devils are currently 4-0 in Delta Valley Conference play. … Though DVC tennis matches feature six singles contests along with the three doubles matchups, the Vikings elected to bring only four singles players, making the outing into a best-of-seven rather than the usual best-of-nine. This meant two players in Davis’ normal lineup did not get to compete.
— Reach Evan Ream at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam