Evans is ousted in final match of day

After about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon, it appeared the state playoff match between Starr's Mill and Evans would come down to the No. 1 doubles spot.

Thirty minutes later, with the Panthers and the Knights tied 2-2, that decisive match was the only one still left on the court.

"We knew from the beginning that it was going to be ours," said senior Patrick Frits, whose match with partner Will Rabb became the focal point of everyone on hand.

"We knew it was going to come down to our match."

Going up a break early in the second set after winning the first, Starr's Mill's No. 1 doubles tandem of Adam Springstroh and Ian Lennox served out the match to win 6-3, 6-3.

It sent the defending state champion Panthers (19-4) to the Class AAAA state quarterfinals and ended the previously undefeated Knights' season at 14-1.

"It's tough, especially being a senior, too," Lennox said. "It's win or go home. That's my whole high school career right there.

"It feels good, definitely; it's probably one of the best feelings, wining under pressure."

Frits and Rabb had not lost a match all season for Evans, the Region 2-AAAA champions.

Though too many unforced errors proved to be the difference, both said the highly competitive match was one they'll remember for a long time.

"It's a lot better than winning when the other team isn't good," said Rabb, a junior. "It makes it a lot more interesting."

While that match was close, the other four weren't.

The Panthers took No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles; Alex Borovsky won 6-0, 6-1 over Keith Sellers, and the team of Robbie Maguire and Blake Traeger won 6-1, 6-2 over seniors Jonathan Baker and William Bailie.

Evans came in strong at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, as neither senior Robert Anderson nor junior Taylor Powell had lost a match all season.

Both cruised by 6-1, 6-1 margins, as Anderson defeated Jonathan Lee and Powell won against Frank Rogers.

"It was kind of ridiculous to see those names in the second round," Powell said of playing a program such as Starr's Mill so early in the state playoffs.

"I was proud of everybody," he added. "Everybody played well."

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