Boys tennis: Hinsdale Central starts strong as state tourney moves indoors

  • Naperville North's Dovydas Jasinauskas, left, & Nathan Lee, play Hersey's Luke Bouvier & Carson Koclanis, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Naperville North's Dovydas Jasinauskas, left, & Nathan Lee, play Hersey's Luke Bouvier & Carson Koclanis, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Dovydas Jasinauskas, right, & Nathan Lee, celebrate a point as they play Hersey's Luke Bouvier & Carson Koclanis, play during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Naperville North's Dovydas Jasinauskas, right, & Nathan Lee, celebrate a point as they play Hersey's Luke Bouvier & Carson Koclanis, play during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, right, talk over their game as they play Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski & James Theriault, play during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, right, talk over their game as they play Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski & James Theriault, play during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski, front, & James Theriault, play Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski, front, & James Theriault, play Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski, right & James Theriault, celebrate a point as they play Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski, right & James Theriault, celebrate a point as they play Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski, left, & James Theriault, celebrate a point as they play Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski, left, & James Theriault, celebrate a point as they play Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, front, play Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski & James Theriault, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Metea Valley's Akshay Baid & Nikunj Tyagi, front, play Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski & James Theriault, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Metea Valley's Akshay Baid, right, & Nikunj Tyagi, play Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski & James Theriault, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Metea Valley's Akshay Baid, right, & Nikunj Tyagi, play Hinsdale Central's Alex Kotarski & James Theriault, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Jonah Grover, left, and         Sid Javeri play Lincoln-Way East's Manuel Tsoukatos & Jack Forlenza, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Neuqua Valley's Jonah Grover, left, and Sid Javeri play Lincoln-Way East's Manuel Tsoukatos & Jack Forlenza, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Sid Javeri, left, & Jonah Grover, play Lincoln-Way East's Manuel Tsoukatos & Jack Forlenza, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Neuqua Valley's Sid Javeri, left, & Jonah Grover, play Lincoln-Way East's Manuel Tsoukatos & Jack Forlenza, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Kai Sun, right, & Tyler Yu, play Batavia's TJ Stras & Erik Warner, play during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Neuqua Valley's Kai Sun, right, & Tyler Yu, play Batavia's TJ Stras & Erik Warner, play during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Kai Sun, left, & Tyler Yu, (not pictured) play Batavia's TJ Stras & Erik Warner, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Neuqua Valley's Kai Sun, left, & Tyler Yu, (not pictured) play Batavia's TJ Stras & Erik Warner, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Play was moved indoors due to weather concerns during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Play was moved indoors due to weather concerns during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton North's Niku Cowart, left, & Vaughn Smith, celebrate a point as they play Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang & Pranav Inampudi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Wheaton North's Niku Cowart, left, & Vaughn Smith, celebrate a point as they play Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang & Pranav Inampudi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles action Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, (not pictured) play Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang & Pranav Inampudi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, (not pictured) play Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang & Pranav Inampudi, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's & Pranav Inampudi and Zexin Jiang (not pictured) play Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Waubonsie Valley's & Pranav Inampudi and Zexin Jiang (not pictured) play Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang & Pranav Inampudi, (not pictured) play Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang & Pranav Inampudi, (not pictured) play Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang, left, & Pranav Inampudi, right celebrate a point as they play Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora.

      Waubonsie Valley's Zexin Jiang, left, & Pranav Inampudi, right celebrate a point as they play Wheaton North's Niku Cowart & Vaughn Smith, during the IHSA State boys tennis tournament 2A Doubles play Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Vaughn Tennis Center in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Downers Grove South's Sam Plys returns the ball to Brayden Bartecki of Marist (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

    Downers Grove South's Sam Plys returns the ball to Brayden Bartecki of Marist (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Hinsdale Central's Noah Hernandez returns the ball during a match against Neuqua Valley's Johnny Mou (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

    Hinsdale Central's Noah Hernandez returns the ball during a match against Neuqua Valley's Johnny Mou (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Glenbard West's Sullivan Monteith returns the ball to Peter Alshouse of Loyola Academy (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

    Glenbard West's Sullivan Monteith returns the ball to Peter Alshouse of Loyola Academy (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Wheaton North's Henry Ros returns the ball toIan Bliss of Normal Community (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

    Wheaton North's Henry Ros returns the ball toIan Bliss of Normal Community (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • York's Sam Wit returns the ball to Glenbrook North's Konrad Kwiatkowski (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

    York's Sam Wit returns the ball to Glenbrook North's Konrad Kwiatkowski (not pictured) during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Waubonsie Valley's Elliott Dam returns the ball to Hersey's Brent Chen during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

    Waubonsie Valley's Elliott Dam returns the ball to Hersey's Brent Chen during the first round of the 2A IHSA boys tennis state championships at the Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

 
By Mike Garofola
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 5/26/2022 6:05 PM

New Trier began its title defense Thursday, but Hinsdale Central has plenty of plans and firepower to bring home the big trophy Saturday afternoon.

With the potential for rainy weather in the forecast, tournament officials opted to play all of the first round matches at several indoor facilities in and around the Chicago area. At Five Star Tennis in Plainfield, top-seed Noah Hernandez from Hinsdale Central won easily, as did teammate and 3-4 seed, Mujata Ali-Khan.

 

Naperville Central senior Blake Roegner, a doubles state champion a year ago, won his first round contest, as did Elliot Dam (Waubonsie Valley) and Sullivan (Sully) Monteith (28-5) from Glenbard West.

Sectional champions from Naperville North and 9-16 seed Dovydas Jasinauskas and Nathan Lee were victorious, as were DVC rivals Sid Javeri and Jonah Grover from Neuqua Valley.

After claiming its 18th ESCC title in program history two weeks ago, and a sectional title last weekend, Benet Academy has now turned its focus toward a 1A team state trophy. With its 1-2 doubles punch in its lineup, there's a good chance Mike Hands' club could be in the mix.

The No. 2 seed team of John Yahiro and Patrick Burke (28-0) and 3-4 seed of Noah Bobofchak and Andrew Donovan (18-3) each sailed to straight set victories at Centre Court in Hanover Park. Freshman Zach Bobofchak won his singles match at the same time.

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"Yahiro played singles for us as a freshman. He lost a year to COVID, then went down to play and train in Florida, and he's come back with a lights out serve that rarely misses. And combined with Patrick, the two are great serve and volley players, who also play aggressive tennis," said Donovan, who along with Bobofchak were third a year ago in 1A doubles.

"Even though we played indoors today, we went out to play consistent tennis, make our shots, put points away, and just use the match to fine-tune our game in advance of tomorrow," added Donovan.

Marmion Academy freshman Ben Graft (23-0) enjoyed a solid first tournament appearance with a straight-set victory to move into the second round today at Wheeling High School.

"We felt great to get that first match out of the way today. (There) we no issues with me playing indoors, and now the plan is to just focus on my next opponent, and nobody else," said Graft, who was the CCL and sectional champion.

Play will resume at all outdoor venues at 8 a.m. Friday. To follow along throughout the next two days, go to the IHSA Tennis website where current schedules, and up-to-date results will be available.

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