DAYTON — Preble Shawnee’s boys’ tennis team placed fourth in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division after last week’s league tournament, which was held on Tuesday, May 2 at Thomas Cloud Park in Dayton.
The Arrows entered the tournament in third place, but slipped to fourth as a results of the tournament. Milton-Union won the league title with 48 points. Shawnee had 31.
Pierce Elliott, at first singles, was the runner-up. He earned a first-round bye then defeated Jacob Foster (Dixie) 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals and lost to Phillip Brumbaugh (Milton-Union) 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5.
Alec Hamblin and Chris Allen at first doubles placed second. They has a first round bye then beat Preston Pietrzak and Steven Brock (Dixie) 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals. In the championship match, they lost to Ryan Teeters and Ben Muth (Waynesville) 6-3, 6-3
“We came into the tournament tied for third place with Dixie. Unfortunately, we faltered at a couple positions and we dropped to fourth. Alec and Chris played very well in absolutely brutal wind conditions and came up just short in the final match. They’ve really had a solid senior season playing together and I am very proud of both of those guys,” Shawnee coach Dave Hubbard said. “Pierce played a very tough, gritty championship match against Phillip Brumbaugh in what was definitely the match of the day. It was just so tough to hold your serve out there with the wind. Pierce really did a great job of coming back and dominating the second set after just missing the first set. The third set was tight and really could have gone either way. It was a disappointing loss for him, I’m sure, but he handled himself with a lot of class.”
Sectional tournament play is scheduled to begin Wednesday at Centerville High School.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH