ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — University High School's top-seeded doubles team of Josh Friesen and Carter Burk won twice Friday to advance to the semifinals, leading the Pioneers into a tie for first place after the second day of the Boys Class 1A State Tennis Tournament.
Friesen and Burk (29-1) downed Owen Setran and Graham Shelton of Wheaton Academy, 6-2, 6-1, in the third round before rallying past Nicholas Biernadski and Justin Penados of Chicago Northside, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.
They will take on Andy Hinch and Joe Demirjian of Mount Zion in a Saturday morning semifinal.
U High heads into the final day tied with Chicago University for the lead with 23 points. Chicago Latin and Wheaton Academy are tied for third with 22.
U High's doubles team of Thomas Moh and Mason Runkel lost their third round match Friday morning to Sam Fleming and Danesh Patel of Chicago University (6-3, 6-1), but bounced back for a 6-2, 6-1 consolation bracket victory over Seth Probst and Alex Probst of Teutopolis.
The Pioneer duo then was eliminated from the tournament by a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Daniel Lamar and Patrick Nasta of Prairie Ridge.
In singles, U High's Dorath Chamarthi is still alive after splitting two matches Friday.
He won in the third round over James Dill of Chicago University 6-0, 6-3, but was defeated by No. 1 seed Natan Spear of Chicago Northside, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. Chamarthi plays Ty Krill of Wheaton Academy on Saturday in a consolation bracket match.
The Pantagraph area's other remaining entrants were eliminated Friday.
Bloomington's doubles team of Gagan Kadadevarmath and Evan Turnbull, who won their first two matches Thursday, were defeated Friday by Namit Sambare and Joshua Eisenschenk of Hinsdale South, 6-3, 6-4, and by Devin Greeno and Tristan Hilson of Wheaton Academy, 6-2, 6-1.
Purple Raiders singles entry Adam Hanson was ousted by a consolation loss to Nick Parsons of Troy Triad, 6-3, 6-4. BHS finished with seven points and is tied for 15th place.
Also in singles, Streator's Greg Rashid suffered a 4-6, 6-1 (10-5) consolation loss to Grant Sarnowski of Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.
Normal Community's doubles team of Parker Honegger and Shanku Nair split two matches Friday and was eliminated from the Class 2A State Tournament.
Honegger and Nair defeated Ajay Gustafson and Conor Bujak of St. Charles North, 6-3, 7-5, in a consolation third-round match, but fell to Shaul Latif and Raj Sinha of Springfield, 6-0, 6-4 in the next round.
NCHS ended with four points and is tied for 27th place. Hinsdale Central leads with 36.