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Five Advance to State Tennis Tournament

It was a busy week for the Columbus Academy tennis team, as it competed in the state quarterfinals for the team tournament and the district tournament for individuals.

The second-ranked Vikes began the week with their state quarterfinal match against top-seeded Wellington. The Vikings fell to the Jaguars 3-0, ending their run towards the state finals.

Despite the disappointing end to the team tournament, the boys kept their heads up entering districts, at which the top two finishers would reach the state tournament.

On the doubles side, the Vikings had two teams competing. Sophomores Jack Madison and Arie Tuckerman got some revenge on Wellington, taking down the defending state doubles champion Griffin Biernat and his teammate Milan Gonela. 

Then it was Academy vs. Academy in the championship match. The team of Suriya Sundaram’19 and Rhian Seneviratne’20 defeated Madison and Tuckerman, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, to win the district title.

In singles, senior Drew Haffer battled his way to the district championship against Trevor Ball of Wellington, who was the state runner-up in 2018. Haffer fell, 6-0, 6-0, but still advanced to the state tournament. 

Haffer, Madison, Seneviratne, Sundaram, and Tuckerman will compete next in the state tournament on Friday, May 24 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati.

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