For the first time in at least recent memory, the Sonoma Valley High boys tennis team Friday won both the Sonoma County League’s singles championship and doubles championship.
The Dragons had two of the four singles players in the semi-finals, and had two of four doubles teams in the semis.
In the singles semi-finals, Carlos Rubio, the number one seed, who was unbeaten this season, had to face his teammate, fourth-seed Trevor Griggs-Demmin, who was also undefeated this year. Rubio knocked off Griggs-Demmin, 6-0 and 6-2, to reach the finals.
In the finals, Rubio faced Petaluma’s Nathan Wong, the third seed. Rubio had already beat Wong twice this year. Rubio, just a freshman, made quick work of the older Wong, beating him 6-2 and 6-1 for the title.
In doubles, the Dragons had two of the four teams in the semis. The team of Henry Darnell and Nase Momsen lost to the Petaluma team of Alex Dodd and Hayden Dennis, 6-0 and 6-0, while the team of Sam Weisiger and Andrew McKale topped the Analy team of Matt Davison and Nick Kraemer, 6-1 and 6-2.
In the finals, Weisiger and McKale beat Dodd and Dennis, 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2, for the championship.
“I couldn’t be happier with how the boys played this season. Our number one and number two singles, Carlos (Rubio) and Trevor (Griggs-Demmin), were undefeated and the entire team fought through some very close matches,” said Coach Walt Williams. “Winning singles (Carlos) and doubles (Sam and Andrew) at the SCL tournament was an outstanding end to the season. I was especially happy to see the doubles players, Henry, Nace, Dominik, Reed and Julian improve as the season progressed.”
Next up is the North Coast Section singles and doubles tournament at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, at the Diamond Hills Country Club in Oakley. Rubio, Weisiger and McKale will be playing there.
The team also qualified for the NCS Team Championship by virtue of being co-champs with Petaluma, and winning the pre-season draw.
Williams said the NCS Team Championship will be held Tuesday, May 8, at James Logan High School in Union City. “Our regular four singles and three doubles teams will be competing there,” he said.