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High school boys tennis: Waterford, Rowland Hall share 2A team championship

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 6:13 p.m. MDT

Waterford's Jay T. Anderson, left, and Rowland Hall's Karim Shaaban both hold the 2A boys tennis state championship trophy since the two schools tied at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 11, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Waterford's Jay T. Anderson, left, and Rowland Hall's Karim Shaaban both hold the 2A boys tennis state championship trophy since the two schools tied at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 11, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The best boys tennis players in Class 2A battled and battled at Liberty Park on Saturday to decide the individual and team champions in their classification.

At the end of it all, two schools — Waterford and Rowland Hall — stood neck and neck.

Literally.

Waterford, led by Jay T. Anderson, and Rowland Hall were named co-champions after the two schools finished in a tie.

"No shame at all," said Waterford boys tennis coach Ken Wade, whose team won its first title in six years. "Rowland Hall's been great for a long time, and it doesn't feel bad at all to share it with them."

The Ravens rode the momentum of winning their region meet a week earlier by sending four teams into the championship round Saturday.

Rowland Hall's Jonathon Zubair competes in and wins the first doubles 2A boys tennis state championships with his partner Karim Shaaban at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Rowland Hall tied for the state championship title. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Rowland Hall's Jonathon Zubair competes in and wins the first doubles 2A boys tennis state championships with his partner Karim Shaaban at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Rowland Hall tied for the state championship title. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Waterford lost any chance of a sweep after eventual champions Curtis Jeffery and Wyatt Peterson of Richfield eliminated the Ravens' second doubles team. The sophomore duo of Jeffery and Peterson outlasted Manti teammates Eric Lee and Davis Hardy, 6-2, 6-2, in the title match.

Waterford was assured a first-place finish when freshman Quinn Pritchett handed Rowland Hall senior Matthew Zubair a 6-3, 6-3 defeat in No. 2 singles. From that point on, Rowland Hall was left with one option — win out or finish second.

Aaron Friedman was nearly perfect during his three matches Saturday afternoon, and he brought Rowland Hall within three points of the Ravens after defeating Waterford sophomore Christian Heath, 6-0, 6-2.

To claim sole possession of the team title, Waterford freshmen George Matus and Max Gruber needed to best Rowland Hall pair Jonathon Zubair and Karim Shaaban in the final match of the afternoon in first doubles. The Winged Lions, on the outside looking in, were in a must-win situation.

Rowland Hall's Karim Shaaban reacts to winning a point during the first doubles 2A boys tennis state championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Shaaban and his partner Jonathon Zubair won first doubles. Rowland Hall tied for the state championship title. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Rowland Hall's Karim Shaaban reacts to winning a point during the first doubles 2A boys tennis state championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Shaaban and his partner Jonathon Zubair won first doubles. Rowland Hall tied for the state championship title. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

In what proved to be the match of the tournament, Zubair and Shaaban survived a three-set showdown, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, to clinch a share of first place for Rowland Hall.

"During the first set we were stressed out," said an ecstatic Shaaban. "After losing that first set, it really was amazing to pull out a win."

The junior also gave praise to his teammate, who was the emotional leader of the duo in the title match.

"(Jonathon) really pumped me up the entire time," said Shaaban. "Without him I don't think we could have won. It was a perfect way to end a year."

It wasn't an ideal finish for Waterford, but coach Wade was perfectly content with his team's performance Saturday.

"The main thing was to play confident and relaxed — especially with all the new kids who haven't experienced the environment," said Wade. "I was really pleased with everyone's performance across the board. Everybody played loose; everybody played strong tennis all day long."

Waterford senior Anderson capped off Saturday with his second-consecutive first singles title, and was Wade's go-to-guy for a guaranteed five points.

"Jay T. is just so solid," said Wade. "We get those five points and we feel confident about that. It makes everyone else swing a little bit freer knowing that we've got those (points)."

Looking ahead, the Ravens could be poised to reign at the top of 2A tennis, given the artillery of underclassmen at coach Wade's fingertips. Until then Rowland Hall and Waterford will share this year's 2A boys tennis title.

"We've got a bunch of ninth-graders, so I'm hoping this starts their taste for state tournament and we can keep it rolling next year," said Wade.

2A State Tournament

Saturday’s First Round

At Liberty Park

QUARTERFINALS

First Singles

Jay T. Anderson, Waterford def. Caleb Roundy, South Sevier, 6-0, 6-0.

Ricardo Gomez, Layton Christian def. Jacob Hatch, Gunnison, 6-3, 6-4.

Joshua Yang, Manti def. Alex Henabray, St. Joseph, 6-4, 6-0.

Bryce Barker, Rowland Hall def. Taylor Harris, Parowan, 6-2, 6-2.

Second Singles

Quinn Pritchett, Waterford def. Bo Burrell, Gunnison, 6-0, 6-2.

Elijah Stock, Grand def. Bailey McDougal, Summit Academy, 6-1, 6-3.

Connor Aste, Manti def. Nathaniel Rose, Wasatch Academy, 6-0, 6-0.

Matthew Zubair, Rowland Hall def. Carter Holliday, 6-0, 6-1.

Third Singles

Aaron Friedman, Rowland Hall def. Bo McKinlay, Richfield, 6-0, 6-0.

Daniel Perdomo, San Juan def. Jordan Heaton, Summit Academy, 6-1, 6-1.

Preston Clark, Manti def. Gordon Hsu, Wasatch Academy, 6-0, 6-3

Christian Heath, Waterford def. Joey Carlisle, Gunnison, 6-4, 6-4.

First Doubles

Jonathon Zubair/Karim Shaaban, Rowland Hall def. Broox Anderson/Camden Peterson, South Sevier, 6-0, 6-1; Kyle Kim/Jason Wang, Wasatch Academy def. Joshua Jensen/Tanner Jones, Richfield, 6-2, 6-4; Jeremy Anderson/Logan Lund, Manti def. Colin Greenhill/Duce Namazi, Layton Christian, 6-2, 6-3; George Matus/Max Gruber, Waterford def. Dallin Jacobsen/Jeff Walker, San Juan, 6-0, 6-1.

Second Doubles

Dylan Zanker/Julian Stacey, Rowland Hall def. Jordan Jones/Trent Leavitt, South Sevier, 6-0, 6-2; Eric Lee/Davis Hardy, Manti def. Mason Galecki/Spencer Hall, Wasatch Academy, 6-1, 6-2; Curtis Jeffery/Wyatt Peterson, Richfield def. Preston Mayer/Quinton Hildreth, Summit Academy, 6-1, 6-0; Kevin Wu/Shravan Ramayanapu, Waterford def. Dakota Adams/Kesian Barton, San Juan, 6-4, 6-2.

SEMIFINALS

First Singles

Jay T. Anderson, Waterford def. Ricardo Gomez, Layton Christian, 6-0, 6-0. Bryce Baker, Rowland Hall, def. Joshua Yang, Manti, 6-4, 6-3.

Second Singles

Quinn Pritchett, Waterford def. Elijah Stock, Grand, 6-3, 6-3. Matthew Zubair, Rowland Hall def. Connor Aste, Manti, 7-5, 6-3.

Third Singles

Aaron Friedman, Rowland Hall def. Daniel Perdomo, San Juan, 6-3. 6-0. Christian Heath, Waterford def. Preston Clark, Manti, 6-2, 6-1.

First Doubles

Jonathon Zubair/Karim Shaaban, Rowland Hall def. Kyle Kim/Jason Wang, Wasatch Academy. George Matus/Max Gruber, Waterford def. Jeremy Anderson/Logan Lund, Manti.

Second doubles

Curtis Jeffery/Wyatt Peterson, Richfield def. Kevin Wu/Shravan Ramayanapu, Waterford. Eric Lee/Davis Hardy, Manti def. Dylan Zanker/Julian Stacey, Rowland Hall.

FINALS

First Singles

Jay T. Anderson, Waterford def. Bryce Barker, Rowland Hall, 6-1, 6-1.

Second Singles

Quinn Pritchett, Waterford def. Matthew Zubair, Rowland Hall, 6-3, 6-3.

Third Singles

Aaron Friedman, Rowland Hall def. Christian Heath, Waterford, 6-0, 6-2.

First Doubles

Jonathon Zubair/Karim Shaaban, Rowland Hall def. George Matus/Max Gruber, Waterford, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Second Doubles

Curtis Jeffery/Wyatt Peterson, Richfield def. Eric Lee/Davis Hardy, Manti, 6-2, 6-2.

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