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Rock Bridge boys tennis team advances to district tournament final

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 10:56 p.m. CDT; updated 11:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Rock Bridge High School No. 1 singles player Ford Zitsch hits a serve back to Camdenton High School No. 1 singles player Sam Aubuchon at the district semifinals at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Tuesday. Zitsch won the match 6-0, 6-0.

COLUMBIA — So far, the Rock Bridge boys tennis team has accomplished what they set out to do: win. 

In Tuesday's Class 2, District 9 Tournament semifinal at Cosmo-Bethel Park, Rock Bridge shut out Camdenton 6-0. Although the Bruins have won the district tournament 10 years in a row, they are humble about the fact.

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"We just hope to represent our district well," Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb said.

The Bruins came into the district tournament expecting to win, but the team knew nothing was certain. However, the Bruins' performance was a shot of confidence.

Senior Jimmy Hunter, Rock Bridge's No. 2 singles player, won 6-0, 6-1. During both sets Hunter kept a cool head, taking deep breaths between sets.

"It was a good day — I knew I could win," he said. "I just knew I had to be patient and maintain my intensity."

Junior Ford Zitsch, Rock Bridge's No. 1 singles player, said he felt the same satisfaction after winning both of his sets 6-0.

"It was a quick day," Zitsch said. "I'm glad the team was able to execute today. We knew we had a good shot, but you always have to anticipate, and be on the top of your game."

Rock Bridge will play Jefferson City in the district tournament final on Wednesday.

Jefferson City defeated Hickman 6-3 during its quarterfinal match on Monday.

With a win, the Bruins would take home their 11th-straight district tournament title. Rock Bridge will face Jefferson City at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.


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