ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — University High School's boys tennis team totaled 14 points Thursday on the opening day of the Class 1A State Tournament and was tied for second place, one point behind Wheaton Academy.
The Pioneers' top-seeded doubles team of Josh Friesen and Carter Burk won a pair of matches easily, losing just three games. Teammates Thomas Moh and Mason Runkel, who are among the Nos. 9-16 doubles seeds, also won twice in straight sets.
U High's Dorath Chamarthi, a Nos. 5-8 seed in singles, rolled to wins over Nick Logan of Rockford Lutheran (6-0, 6-0) and Aanan Kashyap of Dunlap (6-2, 6-0). Pioneers' sophomore Vishnu Anagani won his first round match over Trevor Kornfeld of Rockford Christian (6-3, 6-3), but then lost two matches and was eliminated.
Bloomington's doubles tandem of Gagan Kadadevarmath and Evan Turnbull posted a pair of straight-set victories to advance into third-round play Friday.
The Purple Raiders' Adam Hanson posted a first-round win over Seth Bouwer of Illiana Christian, then lost to John Pooley of Chicago DePaul College Prep. He rebounded for a straight-sets win over Matthew Pawlowski of Grayslake North in consolation play to remain alive.
BHS had seven points and was tied for 10th after day one.
Streator's Greg Rashid earned a first-round victory before falling in the second round to Carlos Gutierrez of Oak Park Fenwick.
Central Catholic's Ben Holley and Brian Wieland opened with a straight-sets win over Grayson Smith and Trevor Beale of Rockford Christian, but lost their next two matches and were knocked out of the tournament.
Seth Jorgensen of Cornerstone Christian, his school's first state tennis qualifier, suffered a pair of losses and was eliminated, as did the Pontiac doubles team of Griffin Brunner and Rocco Sartoris.
Normal Community's tandem of Parker Honegger and Shanku Nair fell in the opening round, but bounced back with two wins to remain alive in consolation play. Their second win was a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7 (10-5) triumph over Owen O'Connor and Luke Schlender of LaGrange Lyons.
Nachiketh Rotte and James Broach of NCHS split their first two matches, then were eliminated by a 7-5, 3-6 (10-2) loss to Belleville East's Carter Baldus and Cameron Gagas.
The Ironmen have three points. Hinsdale Central, Stevenson and New Trier share the lead with 16.
Action in both classes resumes at 8 a.m. Friday at a variety of suburban Chicago locations.