Monday, June 9, 2014

MICDS Repeats as Missouri Class A State Champion

The MICDS Rams, who lost three of their first four matches of the season, finishing 8th at the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships finished the season on quite a different note. The Rams clinched their second straight Missouri Class A State Championships. MICDS who went undefeated following the DecoTurf Championships outscored their state tournament opponents 25-0. "I think that opening tournament humbled us," MICDS coach Patrick Huewe said. "When that was over, we plotted out our year with different goals."

MICDS' depth was a key as Rex Serituk, Rohit Chouhan and Constantine Veronikis lost just 13 games in their six matches in the semifinals and finals at No. 4-6 singles. The trio anchored the bottom of the lineup that clinched the state title in just 5 matches following wins by Joe McAllister and the Rams lone senior Geoff Raclin. The Ram's No. 1 singles player, Tyler Raclin, had his match cancelled once the team title was clinched. The Ram's outscored their championship opponent Pembroke Hill 60-13.

"We had strong players at the top of the lineup as Tyler (Raclin) and Joe (McAllister) split time at No. 1," Huewe said. "But we were fortunate to have a team which was so deep. We had six guys who would have been in the top three on almost any other team in the state."

The Rams also fared well in the individual championships with sophomore Tyler Raclin falling 7-5, 6-0 in the singles state championship and the doubles duo of Rex Serituk and Geoff Raclin falling 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the doubles state championship.

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