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Boys tennis: Big week for Guilderland

After winning team championship, Dutchmen send two doubles teams to states

The Guilderland boys tennis team is sending both of its doubles teams to the state tournament after they both reached the Section II finals. The players are, from left, Bill Dong, Michael Zhu, Alex Fedorov and Erick Kopff.

The Guilderland boys tennis team is sending both of its doubles teams to the state tournament after they both reached the Section II finals. The players are, from left, Bill Dong, Michael Zhu, Alex Fedorov and Erick Kopff. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Snyder couldn't approach the match the same way, though. He stayed off the court while his two doubles teams battled each other.

"It's pretty bizarre because you could always go out there and tell one team what to do and what the other team's weaknesses are, but that would be unfair to the other team because it's your team, too," said Snyder.

Thursday's doubles final also summed up where the Guilderland boys tennis team is and where it might be for the next three years. Three of the four players involved in the final were freshmen, and they represented a class of six players who are primed to lead the Dutchmen through 2016.

"The future is definitely bright," said Kopff.

"We can only improve from here," added Fedorov.

Bethlehem's Rohin Bose reached the Sectional singles final for the second year in a row, but the senior could not capture the title as Doane Stuart's Lars Olson defeated him 6-1, 6-0.

"Lars just got a lot better, and I obviously didn't play well," said Bose. "He deserved it."

Still, Bose will be getting another trip to the National Tennis Center in Queens for next week's state tournament.

"Playing where the pros play (for the U.S. Open) is always nice," said Bose.

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