Rock Bridge boys tennis wins 11th consecutive sectional title

Friday, May 18, 2012 | 11:11 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Winning sectionals. Graduating high school. Playing for the state title. The Rock Bridge boys tennis seniors can check one item off that list after Friday's win. And in the next week, they can cross the other two off, as well.

The Bruins continued its undefeated stretch, and the doubleheader win clinched the sectional title for the 11th consecutive year. 

The team first overcame Joplin 5-0 and then went up against Glendale High School from Springfield. Glendale defeated Branson High School, but their journey ended there when the Bruins won once again 5-0. 

Bruins head coach Ben Loeb said he feels the key to keeping the winning alive will be spirit.

“They will have to be emotionally tough and be competitive fighters. The obstacles will be significant, but they can overcome,” Loeb said. “It comes down to being competitive.”

The team was scheduled to play on Saturday, but because of the Rock Bridge High School graduation Saturday at 4 p.m., the team was able to get the games rescheduled to Friday night.

Rock Bridge begin state championship play at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Cooper Tennis Center in Springfield.

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