Koehrsens’ take title

Adam Larck
Taylor and William Koehrsen.

After coming close last year, Taylor and William Koehrsen have captured the mixed doubles title at the Tri-County Tennis Tournament in Peoria.

The pair capped a week of tennis with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 win over former Metamora Township High School player Megan Nguyen and Morton player Trent Reiman.

 The pair, ranked No. 1 overall in mixed doubles, started off with a bye before beating Calin Crim/Julie Martin 6-0, 6-0.

The next round, the pair dispatched the No. 4 seed team of Bob Humbles/Lucinda Uphoff by a score of 6-4, 7-5.

In the finals, Taylor and William went down early in the first set, 1-0. The pair would take the next six sets, though, thanks to strong serves and a few errors by No. 2 seed Nguyen and Reiman.

The second set was a back-and-forth battle between the pairs. Reiman and Nguyen again went up early, but this time the teams continued to break each others servers early on and hold their serves later.

With Reiman and Nguyen up 6-5, Nguyen served an ace to jump to a 30-15 advantage. The game would eventually be tied at 40-all, but a few strong shots by Reiman gave the second set to the pair.

In the third set, the Koehrsen pair held a 5-4 advantage before breaking Reiman’s serve to win the decisive sixth game.

The pair said that the turning point in the match was when they started hitting good returns, including a few lobs over Nguyen’s head. They also attributed it to playing more aggressively.

Last year, the pair lost in the finals.

This isn’t the first title Taylor and William have won at the tournament. Taylor also won the G18s title in 2008 over MTHS teammate Rachel Ngo in the longest match ever at the tournament. The match lasted for 4 hours, 52 minutes before Taylor won, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. She has also won the G14s title once.

Meanwhile, William won the B14s title twice and B18s title once.

Elsewhere in the tournament, William was the fourth seed in the men’s singles bracket.

He started off with a bye before beating Erik Smith, 6-2, 6-0. He followed that up with a 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 win over Chandler Clayton.

William was bested in the semifinal round by Bradley University men’s tennis coach Jesse Plote, 6-1, 6-1.

William also teamed with MTHS teammate Christopher Goettler in the men’s doubles bracket.

After getting a bye in the first round as the No. 5 seed, they beat Nishant Bonda/Patrick Callahan, 6-2, 6-2.

However, No. 4 seed Craig Curtis and Evgeny Samoylov ended their tournament run in the quarterfinal round with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat.