The pairings for the 2015 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships Boys B Division presented by Icy Hot have been released. The 14-team division features teams from California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Tournament play with begin with opening round and quarterfinal play on Friday and Semi-final and final rounds on Saturday.
Top overall seed Jenks (Jenks, OK) will compete in their third straight DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships. The Trojans, defending Oklahoma Class 6A State Runner-Up, finished 15th in the Boys A Division last year. They return just two of their top six players but will be led by senior Braden Singleton. Jenks opens tournament play with a bye and will play the winner of Vandebilt Catholic vs. Mount Saint Joseph in the quarterfinals.
Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, LA), defending Louisiana Division II State Champion, will make their first appearance in the event since 2011. The Terriers return all five members of the state championship squad including Individual Doubles State Champions Mason Melancon & Connor Doyle and Individual Singles State Finalist Mitchell Thomas. Vandebilt Catholic will meet Mount Saint Joseph (Baltimore, MD) in their first round match. The Gaels are making their fifth straight appearance in the event. Mount Saint Joseph finished third at last year's Boys B Division and returns four of their top six players from last season including senior Quentin Boustany.
Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA) will make their first appearance in the event. The Titans return four of their top five from last season's Georgia Class 3A State Quarterfinalist team. Blessed Trinity will be led by senior Matt Marin and Matt Ghering, an Air Force commit. Blessed Trinity will open tournament play against Milton (Milton, GA). The Eagles will also be making their first tournament appearance in the event. Milton is looking to bounce back after a 5-13 record last season. They will be led by junior Kyle Laubenstein.
The tournament's fourth seed R.J. Reynolds (Winston-Salem, NC) will make their third tournament appearance. The Demons finished as Boys A Division Consolation Winners last year. Reynolds returns three of their top four players including junior Bennett Crane and senior Air Force commit Nick McDaniel. The Demons, defending North Carolina Class 4A State Finalist, will meet Woodward Academy (College Park, GA) in the opening round. Woodward Academy will be making their fourth appearance in the event and first since 2013. The War Eagles, defending Georgia Class 3A State Finalist, return three of their top six players from last season. Woodward will be led by the trio of Cole Ritchey, Brett Schwartz, and Walker Robitscher.
The third overall seed in the tournament Tennessee High (Bristol, TN) will be making their first appearance in the event. The Vikings return all of their top five players from last year's Tennessee Division I Class 3A State Championship team. Tennessee will be led by the duo of senior Matt Henson and sophomore Jacob Marshall, the defending Tennessee Division I Class 3A Doubles State Champions. Tennessee High will open tournament play against University School of Nashville (Nashville, TN). USN will be making their first appearance in the event since 2012. The Tigers will be led by sophomore Will Johnston.
Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) will become just the second California team to participate in the event. The Eagles who ranked 10th in Division 1 in Southern California last year. Santa Margarita is led by the senior duo of Ryan Dugan and Ricky Kurtz, Southern California Doubles State Semi-finalists. The Eagles will open tournament play against Siegel (Murfreesboro, TN). The Stars will also be making their first appearance in the event. The defending Tenessee Division 1 Class 3A State Semi-finalists return three of their top five players including Austin Peay signee Taylor Graalman.
The second seeded Starr's Mill (Fayetteville, GA) is trying to build on their 14-4 State Quarterfinalist finish from last year. This will be the first appearance in the event for Starr's Mill. The Panthers will be led by sophomore Noah McPherson. Starr's Mill's advances to the quarterfinals with a bye and will face the winner of Carrollton vs. Cambridge.
The 2015 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships title match will be held on Saturday, March 28th at 2:30pm at Champions Tennis Club.