VERNON HILLS — There were no major upsets from the first day of the boys tennis Stevenson Sectional held at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex Friday.
In singles, Libertyville’s Ben VanDixhorn (a No. 1 seed) and Stefano Tsorotiotis (a No. 2 seed) easily won their first two matches to qualify for the state tournament. VanDixhorn didn’t drop a game, while Tsorotiotis defeated Mundelein’s Luke Nicholson 6-2, 6-0 and Barrington’s Dean Carlson 6-0, 6-0 to earn an automatic state berth.
Tsorotiotis, a freshman, will face Carmel’s Kevin Hunt in Saturday’s semifinals. Hunt, a junior and No. 3-4 seed outlasted Stevenson freshman Brian Weisberg, a No. 5-6 seed, 6-4, 6-4 to win an automatic spot in next weekend’s state tournament.
“I played well in the first set, I was making my shots and finishing at the net,” Hunt said. “In the second set, he was playing well but I shut him down and started finishing the points.”
Stevenson sophomore Ben Bush grabbed the other singles state berth after his third-round win over Barrington junior Zach Hennenfent (6-1, 6-1).
The Patriots held the top two seeds in the doubles bracket and both tandems cruised into the semifinals for automatic state berths. No. 1 Andrew Komarov and Colin Harvey dropped one game in winning both matches.
“We played the way we were supposed to play, did exactly what we needed to do and got the result we wanted,” Harvey said.
Komarov and Harvey will play the Vernon Hills team of David Dobrik and Nikita Lunkov in Saturday’s semifinals. A No. 5-6 seed, Dobrik and Lunkov split the first two sets with Barrington’s Matt Mulligan and Vijay Tripuraneni (6-7, 6-3) then fell behind 5-2 in the third set. But Dobrik and Lunkov stormed back, winning the final five games to grab a spot in the state tournament.
“Hats off to Barrington, they played a great match but we just kept battling back,” Cougars coach Doug Gerber said. “These guys do not give up.”
The other two state qualifiers in doubles were the No. 2 seed, Stevenson’s Adam Maryniuk and Matt Harvey, and Barrington’s team of Ishaan Jaglan and Scott Apmann, who entered the tournament as a No. 3-4 seed.
Stevenson leads the team standings with 14 points. Barrington is second with 10 while Libertyville has eight points.