One is a lonely number, so the Warren County High School boys tennis team decided to double their championship total.
The Pioneers clinched their second-straight District 6-AAA championship Thursday by defeating the Cumberland County Jets 11-0 at McMinnville Civic Center.
Warren County, now 10-0, had its sights set on state competition from the start of the year, but still had to take care of business against district teams.
The Pioneers barely had to break a sweat against the Jets. Warren County’s talented team continued to shine, getting contributions from top to bottom to sweep Cumberland County.
Shunsuke Nakashima and Seth Grissom kept their undefeated singles seasons intact early, while Nakashima and Thomas Locke continued their torrid pace as a doubles pairing.
Nakashima defeated Lee Presson, one of the top singles players in the district, 8-5 to earn his ninth straight singles victory. Grissom followed suit with an 8-3 win over Jared Roberts.
Nakashima and Locke were at their best in doubles as they took down Presson and Daniel Koehl 8-4. Locke also battled Koehl in singles, winning in the second tiebreaker to prevail 9-8.
Mitchell Fuqua, Bryce Caten and Will Marttala all won singles matches to help the Pioneers sweep 6-0.
It was just the beginning of a long day for Cumberland County, as they were also swept 5-0 in doubles.
Fuqua and Grissom won 8-1 over Jared Roberts and Joel Ilgenfirtz in the No. 2 doubles. Marttala and Austin Sauer followed by dominating Chuckie Blackman and Brandon Fehr with an identical 8-1 score.
Coach David Dunlap went deep into his lineup for the final two doubles matches, but got the same results. Freshman Ben Gawel and sophomore Nat Treratanaphan won a convincing 8-0 set over Drake Parrott and Du Tran.
Parrott and Tran got a short rest before returning to the court against James Gillies and Steven Felty. Gillies and Felty handed Cumberland County’s duo their second loss, as Warren County’s pairing won 8-6.
Coach Dunlap could barely hide his excitement as his team clinched the regular season championship so early.
“Our guys played great and are now district champions two years in a row,” said Dunlap.
The Pioneers will try to run their record to 12-0 when they travel for a pair of district contests this week. Warren County will play in Manchester Tuesday against the Coffee County Red Raiders, then go to Crossville Thursday for a rematch against the Jets. Both matches will begin at 3:30 p.m.