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CBC wins district team tennis crown; Woodman claims district singles title

By: Warren Mayes


CBC senior AJ Woodman is one match away from returning to the Class 2 state singles championship.

The CBC Cadets won the Class 2 District 4 team championship. CBC advances to the play Saturday in the sectional round.

Woodman won the District 4 championship and advances to the Sectional 2 tournament Tuesday (May 14) at Parkway South. Woodman will play Summit freshman Arnav Purshottam. The winner advances to the state touranment in Springfield. Woodman finished third last spring.

“AJ is on a mission,” CBC coach Pete Demos said. “I don’t know much about the Summit player but I don’t there’s anybody around here who will give him a battle. He wants to get back to state and I think he will be able to do that.”

Woodman beat Ladue’s Jeremy Ouyang 6-3, 6-2 to win the district championship.

CBC senior A.J. Woodman won the District 4 singles championship. He plays in the sectional Tuesday (May 14) and a win sends him back to the state tournament.

“I’ve never seen him play badly,” Demos said about Woodman. “He’s a tough and he’s got game. He’s kind of unbelieveable in these big matches. The Ladue’s kid was a nice player but AJ figured him out and went on to win.”

CBC’s No. 1 doubles team also will be playing the sectional.

Seniors Clayton Steven Maack & David Joseph Abilez beat Chaminade Grant William Bowman & Cade Joseph Cunnane 7-6, 6-2 in the district doubles final.

“It was the best I’ve seen them play,” Demos said. “Clayton has gotten better every year. David played at Kennedy, which shut down, so he had to sit out last year and that was unfortunate for him. They payed the team from Chamiande tough. It was a good match for them.”

Maack and Abilez will be playing Marquette sophomore Robert Zhang and freshman Onur Taysi in the sectional.

District singles champion AJ Woodman, left, is with district doubles champs David
Abilez, center, and Clayton Maack.

“I don’t know anything about the Marquette kids,” Demos said. “I’m sure they are good players Clayton and David are seniors and they know they have to win to get to state.”

CBC hosted the District 4 meet.

The Cadets defeated Parkway Central 5-1 in semifinal. CBC followed that with a 5-4 win over Chaminade to win the district.

“It was very sweet for us because Chaminade beat us in the regular season, “Demos said.

It was CBC’s first district championship since 2016.

“It game down to David Abilez at No. 3 singles,” Demos said. “He was down and came back to win a close match. The other kids had fun watching it. David won in a tiebraker. It was a really good match.

“The whole team was on the court standing and watching David play. They were encouraging him. When he won, they just exploded. It felt good to see them enjoy the moment.”

CBC (9-7) will face Maquette (17-2) at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bernard Middle School.

“I don’t know anything about Marquette,” Demos said. “We were supposed to play them this season but we got rained out. I know they’re good because they won their district. I’m sure it will be a battle.”

The winner of the sectional match will play at 1 p.m. against the winner of the St. Louis University High-Oaksville match.

“I’m sure SLUH will win that one,” Demos said. “SLUH has a lot of depth. We’d like to get a chance to play them but we have to get past Marquette first.”

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