Moslemi wins 5th Region final, advances to state tournament

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Sports Writer

Washington County sophomore Cyrus Moslemi has made quick work of his opponents this season, having lost only one game all year on his way to an undefeated season.

His performance during the season earned him the second seed and a first round bye in the 5th Region tournament, which got underway at the University Courts in Elizabethtown last Monday.

In second-round action on Tuesday, Moslemi matched up with Fort Knox’s Partick Odgen. Moslemi’s streak continued as he took care of Ogden 6-0, 6-0. Next up was Jordan Culver from Marion County, whom Cyrus beat 6-0, 6-0 to advance.

With a trip to the finals on the line, Moslemi defeated Eliabethtown’s Reza Haider in two sets, going 6-0, 6-0. This win over Haider qualified Moslemi for the state tournament and a possible seed if he could win the regional final.

The boys’ singles final featured Moslemi against Central Hardin’s Zach Thomas. Cyrus struggled in the early going, not getting his serve until late in the match. He lost two of his serves, but broke all of Thomas’ in the first set.

Thomas took the lead in the second set, but Moslemi came from behind to win the last two games and claim the championship.

State tournament seeding will take place Wednesday, May 20 with matches starting the next day at 8 a.m., with the finals on Saturday.

“The match against Thomas was the first time he was behind in a set all season,” said Washington County tennis coach Steve Schubart. “Cyrus has been fighting an injured right arm for the past two weeks. We hope to have him completely healed by Thursday.”