Junior to play in playoff match for boys’ singles

After winning two matches yesterday, junior Johann Dias will be participating in the playoffs for the league’s number-one boys’ singles spot.

Dias won his  first match yesterday 6-1, 6-0.

He said his opponent served well.

Dias’s second match was a harder win, he said.

“(My opponent) was playing the tennis of his life,” said Dias, who won 6-2, 6-2. “(He) was hitting some really good shots.”

Sophomore Emil Erickson, who also played boys’ singles, lost his first match yesterday, 3-6, 6-7, after losing the tiebreaker, 5-7.

“I don’t think I played very well,” he said. “I had a nice comeback later in the match, but I couldn’t win that final tiebreaker.

“Next year, I need to get all of my serves in and try to become more comfortable using my forehand.”

Erickson was placed out of the tournament after his first loss.

Freshman Lily Brown also lost her first match, 3-6, 3-6, ending her run in the girls’ singles tournament.

Brown said she had lost to her opponent once before.

“She continued to get points on me for the same things,” Brown said. “She had a lot of spin on her shots, and she always hit (the ball) on the line so that I couldn’t get to it.”

Senior Lara Kong, also playing girls’ singles, won her first match, 6-4, 6-1, but lost her second.

In the meantime, Dias’s playoff match will take place tomorrow.

“(Dias) will have an awesome match tomorrow,” coach Patricia Jacobsen said. “(I’m) looking forward to it. The coaches all say he’s a great kid (and) an awesome player.”

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