By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Washington County sophomore Cyrus Moslemi’s reputation as a tough opponent on the tennis court is getting around.
In the opening round of the Kentucky boys’ state tennis tournament in Lexington on Thursday morning, Moslemi faced 12th ranked Derek Childers from Lee County. It was all Moslemi as he handily won the match 6-0, 6-0.
In the afternoon match, 9th ranked Moslemi would pair up against 11th ranked Stephen Metcalf from Ashland.
Moslemi has been fighting a chronic shoulder problem, and it would rear it’s ugly head during the match. He won the first set 6-0, but after going up 2-1 in the second set, he called for a medical timeout.
Once the match resumed, Moslemi went on to win the set 6-2 to take the match in two sets.
The win advanced him to the field of 16, which would resume play the following day at the University of Kentucky.
On Friday, Cyrus faced Bowling Green’s Chris Ardery, who advanced due to an injury withdrawal by 4th seed Brett Johnson from Christian Academy-Louisville.
The 11th ranked Ardery gave Moslemi his first chalenge of the tournament. Moslemi won the first set 6-4, but Ardery won the second set 7-6 in a tiebreaker. Moslemi came back and won the third set 6-3 to win a match that lasted three hours.
The win advanced Moslemi to the final eight and set up a contest against St. Xavier’s Alex Crum Friday afternoon.
Crum reached the quarter finals by beating Lawrence County’s Cole McCreary (6-0, 6-0), Caldwell County’s Ben Scott (6-1, 6-1) and Daviess County’s Bobby Whitmer (7-6, 6-0).
The big question was whether Moslemi’s shoulder could hold out against tougher competition.
Crum proved to be a tough opponent, winning the match 6-2, 6-2. Although it was the end of Moslemi’s tournament run, he was chosen as an All-State selection and gained valuable experience that he will surely draw upon over the next couple of years. Afterall, he is only a sophomore.