Rock Bridge boys tennis team racks up another district title

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 9:49 p.m. CDT; updated 11:18 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Rock Bridge junior Ford Zitsch makes a return in his victory at No. 1 singles in the Class 2, District 9 team championship on Wednesday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge boys tennis team won its 63rd consecutive home match Wednesday in a 6-0 victory over Jefferson City that gave the Bruins their 11th district championship in a row.

“It is expected,” said Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb about winning the Class 2, District 9 team title. “I think we take take it for granted, but some day it won’t be that way.”

All of the Bruins played well, with junior Ford Zitsch earning a smooth 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles.

Zitsch looked as if he were toying with his opponent, rotating between soft and hard hits that sent his opponent scrambling while Zitsch stayed cool. Occasionally he would take a moment to look up and smile at the classmates who were cheering him on, but then it was back to his match.

Meanwhile, Zitsch’s doubles partner Daniel Liu dominated his No. 3 singles match on the next court, winning 6-2, 6-1 with numerous well-placed shots, just out of reach of his opponent.

Liu said he didn't feel any added pressure because of the expectation to win that his coach mentioned.

“No, but you always have to be on top of your game, because you never know when your match will be the deciding factor,” Liu said.

Zitsch also said he felt little pressure in his match.

“A little bit of nervousness isn’t bad," Zitsch said. "But not so much today.”

The Bruins will split up Saturday when they compete individual district competition at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

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