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STORY: Jamestown reaches boys AA team final
Jamestown boys earn berth in tennis final
Jamestown freshman Elliot Mee pulled out a marathon singles victory before cramping in 90-degree heat, and Jacob Braig virtually carried him through a clinching doubles triumph.
That combination paid off for the Eagles as they reached their first state Group AA boys team tennis final with a 5-2 victory Friday over Blacksburg on Virginia Tech's courts. The match took 4 hours, 15 minutes.
Jamestown will play Western Albemarle for the championship at 9 a.m. Saturday at Virginia Tech.
Braig, who plans to play for Christopher Newport in the fall, beat Colin Bixler 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1. Wills FauntLeRoy at 3 and Seth Berl at 6 also won for the Eagles, but the Bruins scored victories over Josh Hunt at 4 and Jeremy Palmer at 5.
"We're up 3-2 and it comes down to Elliot Mee," Jamestown coach Bob Artis said.
Mee pulled out a 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Kevin Peterson at the 2 spot, giving the Eagles a seemingly commanding 4-2 lead. But the adventure was just beginning.
Braig and Mee took a comfortable lead against Peterson and Michael Grubbs, but Mee -- for the second team match in a row -- struggled with dehydration and cramps. Artis said he took an injury timeout, but could not take a second timeout because that would have meant a default.
Could Mee move amid the cramps? "He was like the Washington Monument," Artis said.
Since the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles were competitive, a loss by Braig and Mee would have put the Eagles' team hopes in jeopardy. So, at 4-1 in the second set, "We put (Mee) in the center of the court, and Jacob just went from side to side, for overheads, for volleys, and just said, 'OK, I've got this.'
"He did what a captain is supposed to do. You wouldn't think one guy could cover that much court."
But Braig did, and Jamestown ousted the Bruins.
Saturday's match looks winnable for the Eagles, but Artis has no idea if Mee will be able to contribute. Just like after he won a long singles match in the regional final against Courtland, Mee was taken to a hospital and given intravenous fluids to help him recover.
"Elliot's in bad shape right now," Artis said. "I hope he's gonna be well enough to play. We'll see what we can do."
After the team final, Braig and Mee are scheduled to play at noon for the doubles championship. That match will be against Abingdon's Randall Carter and Adam Henderson.
JAMESTOWN 5, BLACKSBURG 2
SINGLES – Ja. Braig (J) d. Bixler 6-2, 6-4; Mee (J) d. Peterson 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 6-3; FauntLeRoy (J) d. Havenstein 6-1, 6-2; Haim (B) d. Hunt 6-0, 6-4; Grubbs (B) d. Palmer 6-3, 6-4; Berl (J) d. Kaparfa 6-4, 7-5. DOUBLES – Ja. Braig-Mee d. Peterson-Grubbs 6-1, 6-2; FauntLeRoy-Koch vs. Bixler-Haim, 6-6 (7-7), did not finish; Hunt-Berl vs. Havenstein-Setubal, did not finish.
Last edited by Sonny Dearth : 06-08-2007 at 11:19 PM.
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