Prep boys tennis: Armijo’s Wadsworth captures MEL singles crown

By April 30, 2014

NAPA — Armijo High’s Derek Wadsworth shook of a bumpy second set and held on to defeat Napa’s Cooper Jacklich 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Monticello Empire League boys tennis singles championship, Monday.

“Excellently played match, well played by both players,” Armijo coach Greg Davis said. “Derek played a very patient game and used his topspin lob and passing shots extremely well today. Derek’s only a sophomore, so we look forward to many more good things (in the future).”

The rest of the day’s action was devoted to doubles with Armijo’s Andrew brothers – Andrew Saghir and Andrew Freeman – reaching the semifinals before being eliminated.

They opened by defeated Napa’s Rison Blummer and Quinn Costello 6-2, 6-2, and then Napa’s Sanjeey Phran and Chris Ronco, 6-1, 6-1 before losing to Vacaville’s Brady Hawkins and Jared Jensen, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

Hawkins and Jensen will take on Napa’s Gavin Brazelton and Evan Vercellini for the doubles title on Wednesday.

Sean Dolan and Liem Ngueyn of Armijo won their first match over Wood’s Nate Ambrose and Kennedy Tourmey, 6-1, 6-2, before losing in the quarterfinals to Vintage’s Alex Perotti and Tucker Kobyaka.

Armijo’s other doubles team, Patrick Dolan and Jose Gagalione, lost in first round to Perotti and Kobyaka, 6-3, 6-4.

Sean Dolan joined Wadsworth, Saghir and Freeman in earning all-league honors by reaching the singles semifinals on Thursday.

“Overall, Coach is extremely happy with the way the MEL tournament turned out,” Davis said. “It’s been really a wonderful year. To go undefeated and have the league singles champion and have such a young team, just a wonderful year.”


Daily Republic staff


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