By the end of day 1 the doubles teams that were advancing to district play were set and singles play continued after dark under the lights with the hope of setting the singles qualifiers.
In doubles the Minford team of Noah Thiel and Logan Conkey earned a spot in the districts at Ohio University on Saturday May 22. The Falcon duo had already earned some postseason praise as Thiel was the SOC II singles champion after defeating Conkey in the SOC II final.
Waverly's Joe Bevens and Kelton Reiske defeated a team from Miami Trace in their first match and knocked off the SOC II champion Valley duo of Adam Davis and Adam Buckler to earn a spot in districts as did Portsmouth's Tanner Hatcher and Trevor Brown.
Also advancing in doubles were two teams from Chillicothe and one each from Unioto, Gallia Academy and Miami Trace.
In singles play, the highest seeded local player, John Khoury of Portsmouth, was still alive at press time as was No. 4 seed Alex Davis of Valley. Davis' match with Portsmouth’s Ian Rowland for a spot at districts was just beginning at press time.
Notre Dame's Erin Harris was set to play for a spot in districts as well after defeating Jackson's Ben Lewis and Waverly's Carter Good.
Harris was one of at least three girls competing in the boys tournament and the senior was the only one standing after the first two rounds.
Day two of the tournament is scheduled to begin today at 9 a.m. If the skies are clear teams will report to the Hunter Tennis Center at PHS and if it's raining the second day will begin at the Racket Club on Kendall Avenue.
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