Hawks’ Trentini falls in state tennis semis

Stefano Trentini

LYNCHBURG — On a hot and humid day, Stefano Trentini just didn’t quite have the conditioning and energy he needed.

Skyline’s Italian exchange student fell a little short in a 6-3, 6-1, loss to Western Albemarle’s Tucker Ottoway in the Group 3A boys tennis individual singles state semifinals at Liberty University.

“I was super tired,” Trentini said. “I was standing there and late on every ball. I felt lazy. … My legs just gave up.”

Trentini said he hadn’t been able to practice in a week and it affected him on the court, especially with his movement.

“I thought I played pretty well, but it was just the physical condition couldn’t support my strokes,” Trentini said. “In tennis, 60 percent of what you do is running. If you can’t run and you’re late on every ball you fall forward, because you’re lazy you don’t want to take those two, three extra steps that set you perfectly on the ball.”

The first set was very close. The two traded service holds until Ottoway broke in the eighth game on a backhand winner down the line.

Ottoway then closed the set out at love, and didn’t face any break points in the opening set.

“Serving was the difference,” Skyline coach Deb Ramsey said. “He just didn’t get enough returns of serve in play.”

Trentini was broken to start the second set, but broke right back to make it 1-1. Ottoway then ran off five straight games to close out the match in one hour and 16 minutes.

Ottoway lost later in the day to Blacksburg’s Thomas Ducker, 6-0, 6-2, in the 3A final. Also, Handley’s Parker Wilson won the Group 4A boys state title.

Trentini, who won the Conference 28 and Region 3A East titles, said he was still very happy with the season he had.

“It felt great,” Trentini said of making it to the state semis. “It was a long trip. We had regular season, then conference then regionals — that was beautiful. I’m so proud of what I did.”

Trentini will head back to Italy on Saturday, and said he will really miss being here.

“I’m leaving my host family and all my friends that I hang out with all year long,” Trentini said. “It’s super frustrating that you have to leave behind you 10 months of a new life, basically. The time has come sooner than I thought it would.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com