Trentini wins boys singles crown
WOODSTOCK — Stefano Trentini made school history on Wednesday.
The Skyline tennis player, who is an exchange student from Italy, won the Conference 28 individual singles title. He became Skyline’s first-ever postseason individual tennis champion.
“For school it’s first-time ever, so I’m really proud to get it for the school,” Trentini said. “Secondly, I’m from overseas so I’m kind of proud of my country, and I wanted people to know what tennis is in Italy. I’m really satisfied.”
Trentini beat John Champe’s Andres Armenta, 6-2, 6-2, in the boys final held at Woodstock’s W.O. Riley Park. Both players advance to the Region 3A East tournament held at Hopewell High School on June 2 and 3.
Warren County’s Jayme Goode also advanced to regionals in the girls tournament. She lost in the Conference 28 final to John Champe’s Anahita Moseberry, 6-2, 6-1.
“It’s awesome,” Goode said. “Coming from the No. 4 [singles team] spot last year to No. 2 in the whole conference is just a great accomplishment.”
Trentini defeated Central’s Sam Snarr, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals earlier in the day. Goode beat Skyline’s Kaylee Venable, 7-5, 6-4, in the girls semifinals.
In the final, Trentini started off strong winning the first set in just 30 minutes. Trentini took the lead early in the second, but Armenta didn’t make it easy on the Italian, especially at the end.
The final game went to deuce 11 times, and it took Trentini seven match points to finally finish off the one-hour and 10-minute match.
Trentini said that Armenta was able to get the ball deeper in the second set and made him work harder to close out the match. Trentini said he felt like his serve and his forehand were working well on Wednesday.
“He played well, mixed the ball up really well,” Skyline boys tennis coach Deb Ramsey said. “He scrambled when he had to. The last game was really tough. The other young man was fighting all the way. … [Trentini] played a good match. His serve was very good. You could see how much the other young man was struggling to return serve.”
Goode said she was pleased with how she played in the final against Moseberry, who she had lost to on Monday in team competition.
“She’s a great player. She hit a lot of shots I just couldn’t get to,” Goode said. “I think I improved a little on my game play versus her Monday, so I’m proud of that. She’s a great tennis player, and she will do really well in regionals.”
To make things even more difficult for Goode, she was coming off a two-hour and 14-minute match against Venable in the semifinals. The two had split their regular-season matches, and how evenly matched the two are showed in the semifinal match.
They traded breaks of serve for the eight games of the first set, before both players held. Goode was able to break Venable at love, and then held serve to take the opening set in an hour and four minutes.
“She’s a real strong player and has a lot of good power shots,” Goode said. “I was just trying to get them back the whole time, trying to work a little on placement. I worked around a little with my power shots today. I think that helped a lot.”
The second set was different from the first in that both players held serve for the first eight games. Each player had a few chances to break, but couldn’t convert.
“I felt like they both played very conservative the first set, and then they both took it to the next level,” Warren County girls tennis coach Katie Brennan said.
Goode converted on her fourth break-point opportunity of the ninth game, and then held at love to seal the match and regional berth.
“I could not afford to lose,” Goode said. “I told myself losing is not an option today, and I had to work as hard as I could to get it done.”
“The way they were playing, there were so many long points that could go either way. It was just about trying to make that one last shot and Jayme just made more of those today than Kaylee did,” Skyline girls tennis coach John Natalie said. ” … I thought Kaylee played well, but Jayme just played a little bit better.”
The two will meet again on Thursday in the doubles semifinals. Goode and teammate Alyssa Pauley will play against Venable and teammate Rachel Wines for a regional berth at 2 p.m. in Woodstock. They split their regular-season meetings.
Snarr, Central’s No. 3 singles player, was a surprise entrant in the boys singles tourney as Central’s No. 1 and 2 singles players Sam Barbour and Bobby Loveland were suspended from the team for a week. Snarr said he was happy to represent the school and with how he played against Trentini.
“He’s probably one of the best players I’ve ever hit with,” Snarr said. “Considering how good he is, I felt like I did well. I lost 6-0, 6-0, but that’s probably some of the best tennis I’ve ever played.”
Trentini said he’s not sure what to expect at regionals, but he’s looking forward to the competition.
“I can’t wait to go to regionals and find out how high the level is,” Trentini said. “I’m sure it’s going to be better.”
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