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Naperville Central completes sweep

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By Jacob Onak
Daily Herald Correspondent

The Naperville Central boys tennis team did something no other team has done this season -- sweep Wheaton Warrenville South.

Big performances from freshman Bill Zhang in No. 1 singles and a third-set victory in No. 3 doubles from Henry Lin and Sanjay Subramanian earned the 7-0 win for the Redhawks, keeping them undefeated in the DuPage Valley Conference.

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"As the match was progressing it looked like we were hanging so tough…," said Tigers coach Patti Clousing. "Charlie (McDonough) had a tough day today in first singles, but hopefully he'll get a chance against that same player again at the DVC conference (tournament) cause we are in the same sectional."

Zhang -- a highly touted freshman for Naperville Central -- got off to a slow start going down 3-0 to the McDonough but fought back to earn a 6-4 first-set victory.

Zhang's momentum was too much for McDonough in the second set, which the freshman won 6-1.

"Just didn't settle in that much (in the first set)," Zhang said. "(I had) too many unforced errors. I started playing my game after that stretch so that was good. I thought that I played pretty well."

The Redhawks (10-3, 5-0) cruised through the remaining singles matches, winning No. 2 through No. 4 but had a little trouble in Nos. 2 and 3 doubles.

A quick 6-0, 6-3 victory in No. 1 doubles from Wesley Lo and Daniel Delgrosso set the tone for the Redhawks, but a tough second set in No. 2 doubles almost forced a third and a third set in No. 3 prevented the sweep.

At No. 2 doubles Uzair Khan and Kevin Wang won the first set 6-2 over Nick Smith and Keegan Gilligan, but the Tigers' pair gave Khan and Wang a run for their money in the second set barely losing 6-4.

"It's tough out there … with the wind," Gilligan said. "It was a good match. Looking forward to DVC (tournament) cause I think that we can take them. It's going to be competitive I think."

In No. 3 doubles a 7-5 win from Lin and Subramanian in the first set got cancelled out by a 6-1 win from WW South's Jack Reynolds and Jack Smith to force a third set.

Lin and Subramanian got out to 5-2 lead and needed two deuces for the sixth point and the victory to clinch the Redhawks' sweep.

"That was one of the best third-doubles matches I'd seen in the terms of quality of play," said Naperville Central coach Dan Brown. "Wheaton South played a great second set and for us that's as good as I've seen our guys play in the third set."

WW South is 5-5, 2-2.

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