Boys Tennis Roundup: Jamestown Downs Smithfield in Conference 18 Semis

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Phillip Song
Phillip Song prepares to play a backhand. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Jamestown's 5-0 win against Smithfield in the Conference 18 semifinal round on Thursday was a low-stress affair for Eagles Coach Bob Artis.

Looking over a scorebook that saw his Eagles claim five shutout victories, Artis pondered rhetorically to himself, "I wonder if our guys are playoff ready?"

Like they have done all season, and for the better part of 10 years, Jamestown came out and dominated their Bay Rivers District opponent.

For context, Thursday's victory marked the 11th consecutive match won for the Eagles without losing a single game, 10 of which came against district foes.

Thursday's match began in a slightly disjointed manner. Because of AP testing, half of Jamestown's starting lineup began their matches roughly 15 minutes later than other matches unimpeded by the testing.

The late starts proved to have little impact on the actual length of the match, which was wrapped up in under 50 minutes.

Within 30 minutes of starting his match, Jamestown No. 3 Brad Mahaffey knocked off Liam Barlow 6-0, 6-0. Two courts down, Jamestown's No. 2 Albon Yowell finished a 6-0, 6-0 win against Noah Espenshade simultaneously.

The victories continued rolling in quick succession as No. 5 Lehman Montgomery and No. 6 Phillip Song each concluded 6-0, 6-0 wins in their respective matches a few minutes later.

Perhaps the most dramatic part of the day for any Jamestown player was the race between Jamestown No. 1 Grayson DeBerry and No. 4 Daniel Kruger.

In the playoffs, the first team to reach five points is deemed the winner and all other matches end without being completed.

DeBerry, who was one of the late starts because of testing, took a 5-0 lead in the second set when he looked over at Kruger and noticed he had caught up to Kruger, who held a 5-1 lead in the second set of his match.

With more urgency shown than at any other point in the match, DeBerry repeatedly sprinted to the service line in between points in an effort to finish his match before Kruger.

His efforts paid off as he was able to fire off a wicked serve that caught Smithfield's Liam Baylor off guard and completed the 6-0, 6-0 victory that left Kruger with an incomplete match.

Jamestown (12-2) will now prepare to host Grafton in the Conference 18 championship match on Friday.

Jamestown 5, Smithfield 0

Singles
Grayson DeBerry (J) d. Liam Baylor 6-0, 6-0
Albon Yowell (J) d. Noah Espenshade 6-0, 6-0
Brad Mahaffey (J) d. Liam Barlow 6-0, 6-0
Daniel Kruger (J) led Josh Lewis 6-0, 5-1 DNF
Lehman Montgomery (J) d. Josh Bateman 6-0, 6-0
Phillip Song (J) d. Daniel Browner 6-0, 6-0

 

Grafton Downs Lafayette, Sets Up Rematch Against Jamestown

Grafton coasted past Lafayette 5-0 at home in the Conference 18 semifinal round on Thursday.

The win sets up a rematch against Jamestown, which Grafton played on Monday for seeding purposes in the tournament.

While Grafton's No. 2 Nir Diskin faced a difficult first set against Jacob Clark, the Clippers made quick work of the Rams from No. 3 to No. 6 singles.

The only match not completed was at No. 1 singles, where Grafton's Zeke Tal and Lafayette's Griffin Hurt were still competing.

Grafton (10-2) will visit Jamestown in the Conference 18 championship match on Friday.

Lafayette (6-5) is now done competing as a team this season and will turn its attention to singles and doubles competition.

Grafton 5, Lafayette 0

Singles
Zeke Tal (G) and Griffin Hurt DNF
Nir Diskin (G) d. Jacob Clark 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
Fred Choi (G) d. Griffin Schobel 6-2, 6-2
Steven Petit (G) d. Jacob Eck 6-0, 6-2
Brandon Bomboy (G) d. Hance Gareis 6-0, 6-0
Casey Wright (G) d. Davis Hatcher 6-0, 6-3