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.
The doubles run for Springfield has helped the Senators take over seventh place in the team standings with 13 points. Chicago Latin has rolled up 31 points and leads the tournament over Champaign Centennial and Metamora as each have 19 and are tied for second place.
Springfield freshman Noah Williams was victorious in one singles match before losing in the consolation’s fifth round to 9-16 seed James Theriault of LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy 6-0, 6-1. Williams defeated Bloomington Central Catholic’s Trey Tattini 6-0, 6-2 in the fourth round. Williams, a 9-16 seed, finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, getting two wins in the championship bracket.
Chatham Glenwood senior Nicholas Doerfler and sophomore Joseph Doerfler bowed out of the tournament after losing their third round consolation match to 9-16 seed Nathan Kim and Samuel Kim of Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge 6-1, 6-1. The Doerfler brothers finished 2-2 when they lost a match in the championship bracket and won two consolation matches to advance to the second day.