Monday, June 2, 2014

Hinsdale Central Claims Third Straight Illinois State Championship

Two-time DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championship Boys A Division Champion, Hinsdale Central, was dominant at the Illinois State Championships to claim their third straight state title over the weekend. The Red Devils also completed the three peat from 2007-2009. Hinsdale Central has clinched the state title after just the second day of state tournament play with all four entries advancing to the state semi-finals including the top seeded doubles team of Lope Adelakun and Chase Hamilton and defending singles state champion and top seed Martin Joyce.

Top Seeded Joyce advanced to his second straight state final with a 6-1, 6-3 semi-final win. He was joined by teammate Eddie Grabill in the state championship following Grabill's 7-5, 6-2 win in the semi-finals. The all-Hinsdale Central singles state final marked the first time since 2011, and only the second time since 1990, that teammates have met in the state finals. "It is hard to play against one of your friends," Grabill said. "You don't want to see him lose, but at the same time, I want to win this match. Hinsdale Central Coach John Naisbitt described the final as "gut-wrenching, like watching your two sons box." Grabill took advantage of his opportunity claiming the singles state championship with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory. The victory made Grabill just the second player in Illinois history to claim both a singles and doubles state championship.

In doubles the top seeded duo of Adelakun & Hamilton needed three sets to advance to the finals over Corey Schwartz & Alex Galoustian of New Trier with a 3-6, 7-6(3) 6-1 victory. Teammates Michael Czlonka & James Bruning lost two straight matches in tournament play falling 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals and 6-4, 6-2 in the third place match to New Trier's Schwartz & Galoustian. Stevenson's duo of Colin Harvey & Andrew Komarov were too much for the top seeds from Hinsdale Central claiming the state title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

The final team scores gave Hinsdale Central the state title by a margin of 15 points outscoring second place Lake Forest 56-41. Fellow DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships participants New Trier and Edwardsville finished 3rd and 8th place respectively. The defending champion Red Devils, who return four of six members of their state championship team, will return to defend their title at the 2015 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships. Hinsdale hopes to become the first boys
team in history to win three straight tournament titles.

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