|5/30/2018 10:40:00 AM|
Buchanan advances, RHS boys 5th
IHSA Class 1A Boys Tennis Sectional
| Getting back to the state tournament has been difficult in recent years for Robinson High School's boys' tennis team, but they were finally able to break through this year.|
Robinson will have a representative at the state finals for the first time in five years following Kaden Buchanan's fourth-place finish at the IHSA Class 1A Effingham Sectional over the weekend (May 18-19).
"Kaden played great at times," RHS head coach Tom Buchanan said. "He has been thinking about qualifying for state since the sixth grade. He had two very tough matches on Friday, winning both. Then Saturday with the pressure off he played the best set of the season."
Buchanan opened play Friday with a three-set win over Effingham St. Anthony's Noah Tegeler 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, then downed Mattoon's Jacob Mathias in two sets, 6-0, 6-3, to clinch his berth to the state tournament. On Saturday, Buchanan lost to Olney's Felix Pajonk in the semifinals, 6-3, 0-6, 2-6, then dropped the third-place match to Flora's Mason Beckham, 3-6, 1-6.
Robinson won just one other match, Preston Ireland won his first match over Effingham St. Anthony's Heal, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 before losing to Olney's Atwood in two sets.
Meanwhile, Robinson's doubles teams of Josh Rosborough and Lucas Blunier and Brendan Inboden and Will Hawkins each lost their only matches.
"We want to be playing the best tennis of the year at this point and at times we were," Buchanan said. "Preston played his best match of the year. He fought hard in the first set, but dropped it. Then, he stormed back to win two sets against St. Anthony's number two player. Brendan and will had a tough draw, getting the No. 1 seed in the first round. We played smart and returned serve really well. They were just a bit stronger. Josh and Lucas played really well. We won the first set in a tiebreaker, then an injury slowed us down."
Kaden Buchanan became the first RHS player to advance to state since his older brother, Brennan, qualified in 2013.
2018 IHSA Class 1A Boys Tennis Sectional
Team scores - Olney 24, Teutopolis 23, Mattoon 16, Flora 15, Robinson 8, Effingham 8, Charleston 8, Newton 6, Effingham St. Anthony 2, Casey-Westfield 0.
Singles - Kaden Buchanan (R) def. Noah Tegeler (ESA) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5; def. Jacob Mathias (M) 6-0, 6-3; lost to Felix Pajonk (O) 6-3, 0-6, 2-6; lost to Mason Beckham (F) 3-6, 1-6 (4th place); Preston Ireland def. Heal (ESA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; lost to Atwood (O) 0-6, 2-6.
Doubles - Josh Rosborough-Lucas Blunier (R) lost to Carter-Kerner (N) 7-6, 4-6, 3-6; Brendan Inboden-Will Hawkins (R) lost to Bergstrom-Comstock (M) 1-6, 1-6.
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