Heritage Hall's boys knew what they needed to do to bring home the Class 5A tennis team championship.
“We gave everybody assignments of what we knew we had to get done to win state, and at every level we got the job done,” said coach Brian Bogert.
Heritage Hall edged Metro Christian by one point, 30-29, to claim the title, the Chargers' first outright team championship since 1998.
The two matches Bogert points to as crucial were the No. 1 doubles semifinal and the No. 2 singles final.
At No. 1 doubles, sophomore Truitt Maxwell and freshman Nick Harvey upset Carl Albert's defending state championship duo, and senior Jonathan Borsky won the No. 2 singles title.
“Those two matches clinched the outright state title for us,” Bogert said.
Maxwell and Harvey lost in the No. 1 doubles final to Metro Christian, which also beat Heritage Hall in the finals at No. 1 singles.
“We came in as the underdogs, and we figured out a way to fight,” Bogert said. “This is the first time in a long time we've had an outright state championship.”
Heritage Hall shared the Class 4A team title with Metro Christian last season.
“Before the (semifinal) match, I knew what the game plan was, and once we got in there I feel like we executed really well,” Harvey said. “It's a really good feeling, especially as a freshman.”
Borsky was the Class 4A runner-up in No. 1 singles last season.
“It means the world to us,” Borsky said of the team title. “This year, we knew with the group of seniors we had a shot. We knew if there was a time to win it outright, this was our chance. We worked very hard.”