Boys tennis: Wheaton Academy has good day at state meet

  • Naperville Central's Ammaar Saeed returns the ball in doubles play against Oak Park River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday.

      Naperville Central's Ammaar Saeed returns the ball in doubles play against Oak Park River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Naveen Ramakrishan plays the ball at the net in doubles action against Oak Park River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday.

      Naperville Central's Naveen Ramakrishan plays the ball at the net in doubles action against Oak Park River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Christopher Smith plays the ball at the net in doubles action against Hersey during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday.

      Neuqua Valley's Christopher Smith plays the ball at the net in doubles action against Hersey during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Christopher Smith, left, and Tyler Beck congratulate one another after a point against Hersey during doubles play at the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday.

      Neuqua Valley's Christopher Smith, left, and Tyler Beck congratulate one another after a point against Hersey during doubles play at the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Naveen Ramakrishnan, left, and doubles partner Ammaar Saeed take a moment to talk while competing against Oak Park-River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday.

      Naperville Central's Naveen Ramakrishnan, left, and doubles partner Ammaar Saeed take a moment to talk while competing against Oak Park-River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald Reports
Updated 5/23/2019 9:43 PM

Devin Greeno and Owen Setran have a chance to do something no other Wheaton Academy boys tennis players have done.

They could advance to the state semifinals. And they might not be alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Greeno and Setran, a 3-4 seed, found themselves trailing 3-1 in their Class 1A third-round match against 9-16 seed Max Kueller and Jared Arkell of Prairie Ridge. The pair responded by winning the next 11 games for a 6-3, 6-0 victory.

They will play in the quarterfinals Friday, where they will be joined by teammates Tristan Hilson and Graham Shelton.

Hilson and Shelton, a 9-16 seed, upset a 5-8 seed from Metamora 6-1, 6-1 to advance.

Singles player Jacob Williams made it to the third round, where he ran into Montini's David Batka, a 3-4 seed. Batka won 6-3, 6-3, sending Williams into the consolation bracket.

It was also a good day for Wheaton Academy as a team. The Warriors ended the day in fourth place with 14 points. Normal University is alone in first in Class 1A with 21 points.

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Glenbard South is tied for seventh with Metamora with 8 points.

Glenbard South senior Alex Bergendorf, a 5-8 seed, advanced to Friday's quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 third-round victory against Grayslake North's Christian Abban. His teammates Ryan Harrington and Deven Kinch lost in the second round of doubles play 6-4, 6-2 to a team from St. Ignatius.

Hinsdale Central is tied with New Trier atop the Class 2A standings with 22 points. Naperville Central is sixth at 12 points.

In doubles play Neuqua Valley's Alex Neumann and Jack Considine, a 9-16 seed, moved on to the quarterfinals by defeating Glenbard West 3-4 seed Christo Maltby and Griffin Foster 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Naperville Central's Naveen Ramakrishan returns the ball in doubles play against Oak Park River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday.
  Naperville Central's Naveen Ramakrishan returns the ball in doubles play against Oak Park River Forest during the boys state tennis tournament at Fremd High School in Palatine Thursday. - Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

Naperville Central's Blake Roegner and Daanyal Saeed, a 5-8 seed, also will play Friday in the quarterfinals after their third-round two-set win over a pair from Glenbrook North. Fellow Redhawks Naveen Ramakrishnan and Ammaar Saaeed, a 3-4 seed, dropped into the consolation bracket after a three-set third-round loss to Stevenson.

Naperville North's Preston Chao and Tarun Vallanki, a 9-16 seed, also lost in the third round of Class 2A doubles play.

Glenbard West senior Alex Kernagis fell in the third round to Eric Perkowski of Stevenson. WW South's Phasu Sirinit also made it to the third round before losing to Jeremy Learner of Highland Park.

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