Tigers doubles duo bows out of state boys tennis competition

News-DemocratMay 25, 2013 

The Edwardsville Tigers doubles combination of Jack Desse and Logan Ware saw their season come to an end late Friday after as they dropped a seventh-round consolation match at the IHSA state boys tennis Tournament in the Chicago suburbs.

The lone metro-east entry still in the winners bracket after winning three matches Thursday, Desse and Ware lost to Jeremy Dixon and Graham Lehman of Oak Park-River Forest 6-3, 6-4 in a round-of-16 match early Friday.

Two consolation-round wins followed before the Tigers top pair lost in straight sets to Camron Bagheri and Connor O'Kelly of Lake Forest.

Two other Edwardsville entries -- singles player Brandon Harris and a second doubles team of Jared Zurliene and Jake Gingerich -- also bowed out Friday.

Edwardsville finished with 19 points and were in sixth place late Friday afternoon.

While Desse and Ware were assured of the best finish of any metro-east entry, several other local players and doubles combinations also enjoyed successful state finals by advancing to the second day of competition.

The Belleville East combination of Adam Youck and Lucas Birk won a pair of consolation matches before dropping sixth-round match to brothers Grant and Trent Reiman of Morton 6-2, 6-3.

The Lancers top pair finished the state finals with a 4-2 record.

Also finishing with a winning mark (3-2) was Lancers sophomore Aaron Skaer, who lost a fourth round consolation singles match.

East finished with 15 points.

Mascoutah standout Josh Lightner also lost in the fourth round of consolation Friday.

Other local doubles teams who were eliminated Friday were Damon Lange and Clayton Bourgeois of Waterloo, Cole Henke and Adam Seppi of Belleville West and Alex Willis and Carl Stradal of Alton.

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