Segedin wins DVC singles, Davis duo reaches finals

By From page B1 | May 01, 2014


DHS junior Dan Segedin hits a backhand on Wednesday in his straight-set win over Elk Grove's Dylan King in the DVC singles final. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Coming into the first round of the Delta Valley Conference singles tournament on Monday, Davis High junior Dan Segedin was the top seed.

He did not disappoint in the final on Wednesday, beating Elk Grove’s Dylan King, 6-4, 6-4, at the Davis High Tennis Complex.

“(I’m) very proud of him, very excited that he won the league title,” said Blue Devil coach Dale Hersch. “It’s not an easy feat. This is a guy who was playing doubles last year, and he comes in and pretty much dominates everyone. He won his matches pretty easily, and there are some good players in the league.

“It’s fun to watch him,” Hersch added. “It’s going to be fun to watch him at the (Sac-Joaquin Section) individual tournament as well as the team tournament.”

Meanwhile, the DVC doubles tourney began Wednesday with No. 1-seeded Devils Louis Pak and David Wang advancing to Thursday’s 4 p.m. final.

Pak and Wang had a first-round bye — the only team in the tournament to garner a bye — before beating Franklin’s No. 2 squad, 6-4, 6-1, and then taking out DHS teammates James Cole and Alex Chen, 6-4, 6-4. Cole and Chen were the locals’ No. 3 squad.

Pak and Wang will face Monterey Trail’s No. 1 team Thursday. The Mustang duo knocked out the Davis No. 2 squad — Jasper Murphy and Bob Li — in three sets in the first round of the tournament.

“Their strength is really in singles,” Hersch said of Pak and Wang. “They don’t play doubles on my team, but they’re really good players.

“They need to come out quickly and be super-aggressive, especially at the net. They need to go out there and attack and be very aggressive and try to shut down Monterey Trail as quickly as they can.

“Monterey Trail is really a momentum team. When things are clicking, they’re going to beat you. I know they’re going to play a great match, but in order to beat the other team, (Pak and Wang) need to go out there and be really aggressive and not think as a singles player, but think as a team.”

No matter what happens Thursday, the Blue Devils have high hopes for SJS tournament play, which begins next week. The team tournament starts Tuesday, with individual play set for the end of the week.

“I just think the guys are really playing at a high level, considering where we were at the beginning of the year,” Hersch said. “If we get to the (section) semifinals, we’re going to have an extremely tough match against Granite Bay. We plan on being in the finals for the 12th consecutive year.”

— Reach Evan Ream at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam

Evan Ream

Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly
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