Keep Moving: Western Albemarle boys tennis advances to state final four

Photo by Bart Isley

Western Albemarle boys tennis’ Simon Rader has been at this for a long time so it’s appropriate that the Warriors’ No. 5 clinched Western’s third-straight trip to the state final four Saturday against Abingdon.


The senior has started since he was a freshman and while the players around him have changed, Rader has been a fixture.


“The chemistry has really stayed consistent, every year has been a lot of fun,” Rader said.


The Warriors swept Abingdon 5-0 as the defending state champions locked up another state final four berth. Western will host the Hidden Valley/Waynesboro winner in the state semifinals next week.


Rader won 6-1, 6-1 in his match at No. 5 top complete the sweep, hitting a pair of nice lobs that found their way inside the baseline in the last two games to get the job done.


“The guy I was playing (Trent Cox) hit some awesome lobs credit to him but I’m pretty happy with the way I played,” Rader said. “I think I served really well.”


Western No. 1 Gavin Segraves was the first player off the court with a 6-0, 6-0 victory followed by Alex Ix winning 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2. Tobin Yates, who was subbed in at No. 3 for Jack Tribble, rolled 6-0, 6-0 to make it 3-0 and then Jake Selverstone made it 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles. That set the stage for Rader to clinch the match.


Tommy Smith was up a set at No. 6 singles when his match was called since Western had clinched.


Now the Warriors will put their unbeaten record to the test in the state final four, looking to earn a shot at a third-straight state title.


“We’ve had a good year, undefeated in match play and we’ve come together as a team,” Rader said. “We have more guys playing and a lot of freshmen playing really well which is great to see at the end of the year.”


Western 5, Abingdon 0


  1. Gavin Segraves (WA) def. Dillon McReynolds 6-0, 6-0
  2. Alex Ix (WA) def. Carter Hylton 6-1, 6-0
  3. Tobin Yates (WA) def. Nathan Lacombe 6-0, 6-0
  4. Jake Selverstone (WA) def. Tristan Hicks 6-0, 6-2
  5. Simon Rader (WA) def. Trent Cox 6-1, 6-1
  6. Tommy Smith (WA) versus Shay Sullivan DNF