OPRF tennis continues to shine

Team puts serious scare into Hinsdale Central

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By Marty Farmer

Contributing Reporter

Don't let the 1-2 record in dual competition fool you. The OPRF tennis team (per usual) is totally for real and already serving notice that the Huskies intend on being a major player in the state finals later this spring.

With a split against New Trier (OPRF loss) and Glenbrook South (OPRF win) already in the books, the Huskies put a serious scare into Hinsdale Central, the top-ranked team in the country, before falling 4-3 last week. OPRF dominated the Red Devils in doubles action, taking three of the four matchups. The No. 1 doubles team of Graham Lehman and Jeremy Dixon along with the Huskies' No. 2 doubles pairing of DJ Arends and Jonah Philion both notched impressive three-set victories over the vaunted Red Devils.

Displaying tremendous doubles depth, Ben Foster and Mike Berens also earned a crucial victory at fourth doubles. Kyle Hahn also turned in a notable effort at No. 3 singles but fell short of a win.

"It's a tremendous confidence builder for us," OPRF coach John Morlidge said. "Our doubles teams have been stepping back on the baseline and focused on keeping the ball in the play. Watching a lot of pro and college double tennis, that's kind of the trend lately."

The Huskies built off their strong showing against Hinsdale Central by winning the Prospect invite over the weekend. Lehman won at No.2 doubles, while the red-hot Arends-Philion took top honors in No.1 doubles.

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