New Albania shows resolve during the biggest moments

New Albania shows resolve during the biggest moments


New Albania shows resolve during the biggest moments

New Albany boys tennis coach Marc Thomas gave a brief speech before handing his players their third-place medals after the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I state tournament May 29.

Although the Eagles finished third, Thomas lauded his players for the two victories it took to reach that point, 3-2 wins over Olentangy Orange in a district semifinal May 10 and against Dublin Jerome in the final 10 days later.

In the latter, New Albany’s first-doubles team of sophomore Ben Bilenko and freshman Abhinav Dandu overcame eight match points and a 5-2 second-set deficit to defeat Jerome’s Tanish Pairu and Max Stratford 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 and clinch the victory.

In the third-place match against Findlay, freshman Jackson Clements took the honors, overcoming an early deficit and cramping to top Austin Asada 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 at second singles for a 3-1 team win.

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