Bruins earn title, state semis berth

Sunday, May 23, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:29 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Rock Bridge boys’ tennis team advanced to the Class 2 state semifinals after victories against Kickapoo and Glendale on Saturday in Springfield to earn a sectional title.

The Bruins (14-1) play Chaminade (11-6) at 9 a.m. Thursday for a berth in the state championship match. Rock Bridge reached the semis last season but lost to Rockhurst.

Rock Bridge beat Kickapoo 5-0 in the sectional final Saturday. Jon-Eric Meyer beat Kickapoo’s Daniel Wright 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, and Matt Dresner beat Sam Kim 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 2 singles, the match’s closest contest.

Meyer had a more difficult opponent in the Bruins’ 5-1 win in the quarterfinals, defeating Glendale’s Cody Pusaderi 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.

Dennis Smith also had to play well to win at No. 5 singles, beating Jacob Basecke 6-7 (7-6), 6-4, 6-4. Dresner suffered the Bruins’ only defeat, falling to Harrison Gammon 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

Rockhurst (13-0) plays Kirkwood (18-2) in the other semifinal. The final and third-place matches are set for 1 p.m.

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