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It's a first for Mount Zion
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It's a first for Mount Zion

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CHAMPAIGN -- After dropping a match to the top-seeded Champaign Centennial doubles team earlier in the year, Mount Zion's Andy Hinch and Joe Demirjian used that to fuel their competitive side.

It worked, as the young Braves doubles team won the Champaign Central Sectional and helped Mount Zion with the team title as well.

"It's the  first time ever," Mount Zion coach Mike Roberts said. "And it's been first time since MacArthur won a sectional in 2006 that a team from Macon County's won."

Nick Laramee is also moving on to state after taking third in singles.

But the surprise came with the doubles team of Hinch and Demirjian, a sophomore and freshman, respectively. After dropping the first set to Centennial's Matthew Scaggs and Jared Thomas 6-1, they stormed back for a 6-0 second set. They took that momentum and won the tiebreaking set 7-5.

Roberts said he didn't see too much of a difference from the matchup earlier in the year, but Saturday's match was outdoors.

"They wanted a rematch," Roberts said. "They knew they were going to get them in the sectional finals.

"I think the guys really played well today, they exceeded expectations."

After advancing to state in doubles last year, LSA sophomore Lucas Horve will head back, but in singles. He throttled his competition, dropping just six sets in four matches.

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