Dublin Scioto embraces the chance to face harder board

Junior Sohum Patel is the best homecoming for Scioto after being third team all-league last season at first singles.  The Irish won 7-0 in the OCC capital to win their first league title since 2005.

After a 10-3 season and his team’s first OCC championship since 2005, Dublin Scioto boys tennis coach Sean Gilbert said his returning players challenged him in the offseason to raise the level of competition this spring.

Gilbert responded, highlighted by registering his team to play in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association’s Division I team tournament.

The Irish opened on April 4 by playing against St. Charles in a match in the first round where the winner faced Olentangy in the second round on a date to be determined.

“We talked towards the end of last season that with some of the success the guys had, we were talking about what we could do next from a competitive point of view,” said Gilbert, who is in his third season. “Some of the guys were talking about other teams that they would start playing on, more competitive teams, and OTCA is definitely a way to do that.”

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