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Rock Ridge tennis nets perfect season on way to state title

Rock Ridge defeated Handley 5-2 in the VHSL 4A state boys’ tennis championship June 10 in Salem to complete an undefeated season.—Courtesy Photo
Rock Ridge sophomore Momin Khan knew he was part of something special by the midway point of the 2017 varsity tennis season. Khan, the team's No. 1 singles player, noted that "we're doing really well this year, and going far seems like a possibility."

That possibility became reality June 10 as Rock Ridge won four of six singles matches and finished it off with a win at No. 2 doubles to defeat John Handley 5-2 in the Virginia 4A state boys' tennis championship match.

The Phoenix - guided by first-year coach Chris Schamus - completed their third season as a program with a perfect 23-0 record.

Shawn Keswani, Everett Chou, Arjit Sarkar and Ethan McFerren each won singles matches in the state final for Rock Ridge, who also defeated Handley in the regional final.

Rivas, Deza net singles' titles

Erick Rivas of Stone Bridge won the Virginia 5A boys' tennis single title, as did Riverside's Andres Deza at the Virginia 3A level.

Rivas (6-2, 6-2) and Deza (7-5, 6-3) each needed just two sets June 8 to dispose of their final opponents.

Rivas also teamed with Brad Pappalardo to claim the 5A doubles crown, sweeping Deep Run's Sashwat Pande and Andrew Angel 6-1, 6-4.


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