Springfield High’s Brian Becker, David Jiang reach Class 1A boys tennis consolation state semifinals


High school boys tennis.

HERSEY — After winning the Central State Eight Conference boys tennis championship, Springfield High School senior Brian Becker predicted that his doubles duo would make a deep run at the state tournament.

Becker’s statements from May 29 came to fruition when he and doubles partner David Jiang won three matches on Friday to advance to the Class 1A consolation state semifinals in the Chicago suburbs. 

Jiang and Becker, seeded 9-16, will play 5-8 seed Francis Velasco and Lane Fehrenbacher of Mount Zion at Buffalo Grove High School on Saturday. 

The Senators’ tandem opened Friday’s matches with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Colin Sutherland and Carson Getz of Peoria Notre Dame in the fourth round of consolation play. Jiang and Becker then ran into a familiar foe and beat Jack Gallagher and Miles Whelan of Mundelein Carmel 6-0, 6-1. It was the second time in the tournament that the Senators had beaten the Mundelein Carmel pair after defeating them by the same score in the first match of the championship bracket draw. Jiang and Becker finished the day by taking out 9-16 seed Keshav Trikha and Tarun Bathini of Vernon Hills 6-3, 6-2 in the consolation quarterfinals. 


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