Spring Valley’s path to the Class 4A state boys tennis championship was blocked by West Florence in 2008. The Vikings finished with a 13-3 record this spring and all three of the setbacks came against the Knights, who beat SV in the Lower State finals en route to their second straight state title.
The Vikings, who lose only two seniors to graduation, figure to be back in the hunt again next season.
Individually, seventh grader Brent Lett emerged as the top Viking in 2008. Lett was the only Spring Valley singles starter to go 4-0 in the playoffs, and he closed with a 15-1 season record.
Junior Joe Cunningham and senior Sudeep Sunthankar also went 4-0 in the playoffs at No. 2 doubles, capping a 14-0 campaign together.
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Junior Ashkon Babaee (No. 1 singles), senior Chris Harvey (No. 2 singles) and Kenan Sakarcan (No. 4 singles) all had 3-1 playoff performances. Babee and Harvey both finished with 11-5 record, while Sakarcan closed at 12-4.
Trey Finch, a freshman, had a 12-2 season at No. 5 singles.