High school tennis: State College’s Badding and Shull win district doubles title

From CDT staff reportsMay 5, 2013 

— The State College team of Edward Badding and Dan Shull captured the District 6 Class AAA Doubles crown on Saturday, giving the Little Lions a clean sweep of the district titles.

A week after Cooper Josephs earned the singles crown, Badding and Shull rallied for a three-set victory over Hollidaysburg’s Amir Alkhafaji and Eric Williams, 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.

Badding and Shull were seeded third and knocked off the No. 1 team from Altoona and the No. 2 tandem from Hollidaysburg to earn the title. Badding is now part of his third district doubles champion, while Shull, a freshman, has earned his first district win.

“The guys hung in there today and found a way to win,” State College coach Jane Borden said. “I am really proud of them and so glad they won. It's an incredibly tough environment to play in and the opponents and officials really threw out all the stops today to try to derail our guys mentally. Fortunately, we stayed mentally tough, came to play and closed out the match when we had the opportunity.”

The pair, along with Josephs, will head to the PIAA Championships in Hershey on May 24-25.

The Little Lions will look to make it a sweep of the district with the team tournament this week. State College, which has won nine straight district titles, will host the championship match against either Hollidaysburg or Altoona on Wednesday.

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