Shane Essick won a sectional tennis title on Saturday, as the Troy sophomore defeated Springfield’s Nick Pavlotos 6-4, 6-3 at the Dayton Center Courts. Essick never lost a set the entire sectional tournament. He opened the sectionals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Riley Timbrook of Stebbins, then defeated Austin Grote of Greenville 6-3, 6-0.
To advance to the final four, Essick shutout Will Thompson 6-0, 6-0, then defeated Tecumseh’s Mitchell Foland 6-3, 6-2 before knocking off the top-seeded Pavlatos.
In other singles action for the Trojans, Matt Schmitt lost his opening match to Tyler Frantz of Bellefontaine 6-1, 6-3 and Elijah Sadler also lost his opening match, as the Trojan sophomore lost to Foland 6-0, 6-3.
Tecumseh’s Foland qualified for the districts by placing in the top four. After his win against Sadler, the Tecumseh sophomore defeated Tyler Lavey from Piqua 6-3, 6-0, then knocked off Nhat Mai of Fairborn 7-5, 6-3 before losing to Essick.
Anton Brehmer of Tecumseh won his opening match against Alex Cao of Fairborn 6-0, 6-2, then was shutout by Pavlatos 6-0, 6-0. Tecumseh’s Michael Green also won his opening singles match against Conner Schock of Stebbins 6-1, 6-1, but lost a tough three-set match to Frantz 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Doubles- Troy’s Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus proved their top seed was warranted as they won the doubles title over Jackson and Patel of Butler 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. They cruised through the early rounds defeating teams from Sidney, Northmont and Greenville.
The other Troy doubles team of Carter Hench and Jack Johnston won their first two sets, defeating teams from Greenville and then surviving a three-set match against Northmont before falling to Butler.
Tecumseh also saw their doubles team of Allen Eben and Will Sims advance to the final four of sectionals with wins over Springfield and Piqua, before losing to Butler in the final four.
Sam Mulkey and Tyler Adams from Tecumseh won their first doubles match against Piqua, but was eliminated by Springfield in the second round.