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Wildcats come up short in state quarterfinals

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POSTED: May 23, 2007 5:02 a.m.

It couldn’t have been a closer match. Needing three points to win the match, Richmond Hill found themselves down 2-0 early in the bout. The Wildcats rallied and picked up the next two points to even the table. The final point went to the opposition via a hard-fought, three-set, tie-breaker game. The match went to Columbus who earned the right to compete in the Final Four. "If we played 100 times against this team we would win 50," said Coach Pat Paruso. "It was an even, fair match and we came up short."

Michael Zhu faced a very strong No. 1 singles player and was swept in two tough sets. Jason Trankle was forced to retire in the second set due to muscle cramping. Huy Phan eliminated the number three singles boy in a 2 set shut-out, paving the way for a comeback. Nick Balas and Kyle Guither put together the best match of the year and crushed Columbus One Doubles in two sets. The final point came from the Two Doubles duo of Chris and Lee Noonburg. The boys won the first set 6-3, dropped the second set 4-6 and found themselves in a 6-6 deadlock in the third set. The tie breaker went point for point and one service break gave Columbus the edge they needed to take the breaker and the championship 3-2.

The Wildcats finished the season 19-4 and despite the loss to Columbus they are still ranked number four in the State. Graduating Seniors, Lee Noonburg and Joe Feck, will be missed by the team. The boys are returning nine experienced players and are optimistic at still another shot at a State Title next year.

 

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