Kentridge boys closing in on another tennis crown

The Kentridge boys tennis team hasn’t yet mathematically clinched its second straight South Puget Sound League North Division title.

The Kentridge boys tennis team hasn’t yet mathematically clinched its second straight South Puget Sound League North Division title.

But at 11-0, the goal is certainly within reach.

On Wednesday, the Chargers, riding the success of a deep and talented group of underclassmen, including top singles player Matt Overland and the undefeated No. 1 doubles tandem Paul Yi and Vineeth Omkaram, cruised past Auburn, 5-0.

“It’s been about as good as it can get,” Kentridge coach Bob Armstrong said of the current campaign. “The kids have played hard and we have a pretty young team, all juniors and a sophomores. We only have one senior. But it’s been gratifying seeing these guys play up to their potential.”

Coming into the season, Armstrong knew he had the horses to make a run at another SPSL North title. With Overland fresh off a third-place finish in last spring’s Class 4A state tournament, and the Yi-Omkaram duo also gaining state experience, the future couldn’t have been brighter.

Now, with only five matches left before the sub-district tournament that begins Oct. 22, the Chargers are firmly in command.

Against Auburn, they showed why they atop the SPSL North pile, with Overland defeating Jesse Fisher, 6-0, 6-2 and undefeated No. 2 player Garrett Ballou polishing off Tim Hartke, 6-0, 6-0.

Omkaram and Yi defeated Josh Jeter and Travis Henley, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1). Jeter and Hanley went to the Class 3A state tournament last spring. KR’s No. 2 squad of Donald Hall and Vincent Lin knocked off Brenton Millard and Brandon Wilber, 6-2, 6-3. Rounding out the win for the Chargers was the No. 3 doubles team of Henry Ly and Vishall Diwan, who beat Jake Carson and Tyler Ball, 6-1, 7-5.

• ALSO: Kentlake slipped by Tahoma, 3-2, in SPSL North action on Wednesday. The Falcons got wins in No. 1 and No. 2 singles with Trenton Jocz and Kyle Thomas coming out on top. The No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Welch and Jordan Amoth also won. … Kentwood defeated Federal Way, 3-2. Tucker Siegert (playing No. 1 singles while Max Manthou competes in doubles) picked up a win as did Manthou and partner Chris Rumer along with No. 3 doubles tandem Justin Rodjanapanyakul and Adrian Tabquin.


The Kentwood boys improved to 8-1 on Tuesday, handling Auburn 82-65 at Meridian Valley Country Club. Kent Hagen bagged medalist honors, carding a 35 for 19 points. … The Kentwood girls remained unbeaten on Tuesday as Rui Li carded a 3-under-par 32 to earn medalist honors and lead the Conquerors past Auburn.


Auburn Riverside’s Julian-Blake Cowan continued his torrid pace on Wednesday, clocking a meet-best 13 minute, 24 second run against Federal Way and Kentwood. Cowan was coming off a second-place finish at the prestigious Sunfair Invitational in Yakima. Teammate Kenny Krotzer wasn’t far behind, taking second in 13:55 followed by Kentwood duo Tim Pettit (14:06) and Kevin Massimino (14:15). …Kent-Meridian’s Derrick Daigre and D.J. Jigre posted a 1-2 finish at Game Farm Park against Auburn and Kentridge, breaking the tape in 16:27 and 16:33 respectively. … On the girls’ side, Auburn Riverside’s Kalee Cypra (16:42), Rachel Atwood (16:46) and Kelsey Loomans (16:52) led a 1-2-3 Raven finish against Kentwood and Federal Way. Kailey Ulland paced Kentwood, clocking in at 17:02.