COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge boys tennis won the Class 2, District 9 championship, beating Jefferson City 6-0 on Wednesday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.
Alex Jones, Billy Swift, Rohit Rao, Jacob Winton and Raymond Majors won singles matches in straight sets for the Bruins.
Rock Bridge head coach Ben Loeb said he was especially impressed with Winton’s 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles and Majors’ 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles.
Harry Bozoian lost the first set 6-3 against Jefferson City’s Dalton Doyle at No. 6 singles but came back to win the next two sets 6-0, 6-2 to preserve the shut out for Rock Bridge.
“I wasn’t playing consistently and just gave away points the whole time,” Bozoian said about his first set performance. “In the second set I played more conservatively and kept more balls in play.”
Rock Bridge moves on to the sectional tournament on May 18. The Bruins won state championships each of the last three years, but Loeb thinks that sectionals will be tougher this year and knows nothing can be taken for granted.
“The competition has improved, and we have lost some people that played at the top of our lineup last year,” Loeb said. “Our guys have made a lot of progress and are doing well. I like our chances, but it will be a bigger challenge this year.”
Before the team tournament continues, the six District 9 teams, including Rock Bridge and Hickman, will compete in the individual District tournament on Saturday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.