The Edwardsville High School doubles combination of Zach Trimpe and Alex Gray continued a near perfect season Saturday as they captured the championship of the Class 2A O’Fallon Tennis Sectional at O’Fallon High School.
Fourth in doubles at the 2016 IHSA State Tournament, Gray and Trimpe lost just four games in four matches in a dominating performance which ended with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Raj Sinha and Shaul Latif of Springfield in the championship match.
The sectional title is the second in a row for Trimpe and Gray, who could possibly be one of the top two seeds when the Illinois High School Association releases it first round pairings and seeds in both singles and doubles Tuesday.
The win by Gray and Trimpe helped lift the Edwardsville netmen to the team title with 21 points, five more than Belleville East. The Tigers also got a second place finish from Erik Weiler and a third place finish from Seth Lipe, both of whom will join Gray and Trimpe at the IHSA State Tennis Tournament, which begins Thursday in Chicago.
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The top four place winners in both singles and doubles at sectional events advance to the state tournament. Also in doubles at O’Fallon, Belleville West seniors Drew Boyles and Derek Henke defeated the team of Christian Cowulich and Carter Baldus of Belleville East 6-0, 7-6 in the third place match.
In the singles draw at O’Fallon, Belleville East sophomore Max Skaer bounced back from a tough loss at the Southwestern Conference Tournament a week ago to defeat Erik Weiler of Edwardsville 7-5, 6-2 in the final. Lipe defeated Drake Schreiber of O’Fallon 6-3, 6-3 in the third place match.
Class A Triad Sectional
Mascoutah High School junior Andy Graf defeated Althoff senior Donovan McKnight 6-1, 6-2 to win the singles title and lift the Indians to a second place finish at the Class A Triad Sectional Tennis Tournament on Saturday
Making a strong push toward being a top 16 seed at the Class A IHSA State Tennis Tournament, Graf used his solid baseline game to overcome McKnight for the championship. With Graf leading the way, Mascoutah finished with 25 points to tie Triad for the championship.
The Knights have five players who advanced to the state tournament, while Mascoutah will be represented by just two players. The other Mascoutah player earning a trip was senior Zach Harris, who defeated Nick Parsons of Triad 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 in the third place match.
Alton Marquette senior Jon Claywell and sophomore Daniel McCluskey defeated the Triad tandem of Sean Froidcouer and Brendan Grigg 6-0, 6-1 to win the doubles title. Triad will also have Zach Rosenthal and Cameron Little in the doubles draw after the pair placed third.