Koehrsen has a trend of success in Decatur

Adam Larck
For three years, William Koehrsen has competed at the United States Tennis Association tournament in Decatur. In those three years, Koehrsen has always walked away with a first-place medal. Read more about his success below.

William Koehrsen’s success in Decatur continued on July 7-9.

Koehrsen, of Germantown Hills, competed at the 91st Central Illinois Jr. Open, coming home with both the singles and doubles titles in the Boys’ 18 division.

“It’s pretty good,” Koehrsen said about the tournament. “I played some new kids that I’ve never played before, so that was fun.”

In singles play, an unseeded Koehrsen only lost one set in the semifinal round to his doubles partner, Austin Aten of Champaign, before winning the third set to advance to face Peter Dakich of Carmel, Ind.

He defeated Dakich in straight sets.

In doubles, the pair lost a total of six games on the way to easily winning the title.

Koehrsen said the pair has only been doing doubles for about a year.

“We always play the junior tournaments,” he said. “We never played doubles before last year, but last year we decided to play doubles at the Decatur Tournament, so we started playing together in all the tournaments. It’s been fun and we really work well together, so it’s been good for both of us.”

This is the third year of success for Koehrsen at Decatur. Last year, he won the singles title in the Boys’ 16 division, while he took the Boys’ 14 division singles title in 2010.

“I’ve always just played well there,” he said. “It’s always in the middle of summer, so I’ve gotten a lot of practice. I hit every day with the team, so I’m usually pretty warmed up and ready for those tournaments.

“Playing every day helps a lot, otherwise I have to find people to hit with by myself. But if we hit with the team, it’s a lot better. The tournaments help me get more match experience for the season.”

The tournament is sanctioned by the Midwest United States Tennis Association, which he said he has been playing tournaments in for about five or six years.

“We just go to tournaments all over Illinois and the Midwest,” Koehrsen said. “So far this summer, I’ve been to Michigan and Indianapolis, along with Champaign a couple of times too, and Decatur.”

Out of the tournaments Koehrsen has played in this year, he said that he had played in a few higher level and national level ones and, although he didn’t win them, he said it gave him some good experience for the upcoming year of high school tennis.

““I have a couple more (this summer),” he said. “I’m going to play some more up in Chicago, one up in Michigan and a couple more local ones too.”

Looking toward the regular season, Koehrsen said he hopes to help the team repeat the conference and sectional success the team had last year, as well as have a strong showing at the state finals.