Rock Bridge boys tennis takes third consecutive championship title

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 9:27 p.m. CDT; updated 8:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 25, 2012

COLUMBIA — A perfect season is hard to come by.  For Rock Bridge, completing a perfect season is even sweeter with the addition of the Class 2 championship title.

The Rock Bridge boys beat Rockhurst 5-2 on Thursday to claim their third consecutive title and fourth in the past five years.

As a team, the Rock Bridge boys triumphed over Eureka at 9 a.m. Thursday and went up against Rockhurst High School at 1 p.m. Before the match even began, the team knew it was going to be tough. Coach Ben Loeb knew the team would need to remain competitive and tough in order to bring home another championship.

“They are going to have to play real tough and manage the stakes well,” Loeb said before the championship. “Rockhurst is a very good team. We need to win five out of the nine matches and it’s going to take a good performance throughout the entire roster.”

With a big match win by senior Jeremy Lombardo the team claimed the title. Lombardo lost the first set and came back to win the second and a close third set. The No. 2 doubles, Rohit Rao and Jack Fay, won in the tiebreaker.

Loeb said this season has been amazing, and it was nice to beat a great team in the finals.

However, for three Rock Bridge players, the season isn't over just yet with individual play starting Friday. Senior Ford Zitsch plays in the singles tournament and Jack Fay and Alex Jones play in the doubles tournament.

"It's physically and emotionally draining," Loeb said. "It will be tough to turn right around tomorrow. It's not an easy situation, but our guys don't look for excuses."

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