Lim makes it to quarters
Jeremy Lim was in familiar territory during his appearance in the quarterfinals of the District XI AAA Boys Singles tournament on Tuesday at Saucon Valley High School.
He was playing a postseason match against Parkland’s Alex Son, his opponent in the second round of last year’s district singles tournament. The pair also met recently when Whitehall hosted the Trojans on April 14. In both those matches, Son emerged victorious in grueling three-set battles.
This season Lim has taken a step further in the tourney, posting victories over Ethan Gabay and Dymtro Petrov to reach the quarterfinals. He defeated Gabay, from East Stroudsburg North, 6-1. 6-2, and then disposed of East Stroudsburg South’s Petrov 6-1, 6-1.
But Son once agin thwarted his advancement in the postseason. Lim lost 5-7, 2-6, knocking him out of the tournament.
Head coach Guillermo Valera said that it was close match but Son’s ability to “put more weight” into his shot allowed him to command the match.
Valera said that Lim is a tough player. He’s an excellent shotmaker from the baseline, but he needs to go beyond that and be more aggressive. Valera said that he needed to get Son moving, and that will help him win those close battles that have characterized all their matches over the last two seasons.
Lim finished the regular season at 12-4, a remarkable spring for the junior.
Nick Rohn also represented the Zephyrs at the D-11 tourney. He drew Liberty’s Louis Gruber, the tourney’s No. 3 seed, in the opening round. He wound up losing to the ‘Cane 6-2, 6-2.
The Zephyrs were able to get a third representative into the tournament as Nick Demjan faced Stroudsburg’s Michael Irlbeck in the opening round. He lost to the Mountie in two sets, falling 7-6 (7-2) in the second set tiebreaker as Irlbeck advanced to the second round.
The Zephyrs ended their regular season with a win over Pen Argyl, defeating the Green Knights, 5-1. They finished the season 13-2 overall and 11-2 in the conference.
In that match, Jeremy Lim defeated Riley Porter 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Rohn continued their singles streak, shutting out Brendan McMahon 6-0, 6-0. Demjan completed their singles sweep, defeating Aidan McMahon 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles action, Edward Harrich and Erik Poon defeated Tanner Shaw and Jayson Corsetti 6-1, 6-0, while in a pro set Daniel Lim and Aiden Gilroy defeated Alex DeJesus and Corsetti, 8-1.
With that win, the Zephyrs closed the chapter on another powerful season. They finished the year at 13-3, matching last year’s win total. With that record, they will be one of the teams vying for a league title this weekend when the EPC tourney gets underway next week.