Tennis: Long holds head high after first-round defeat at state

Ryan Long muscles a shot back over the net during a match against Sheboygan Falls earlier this season. Last week Thursday, he became the first Ripon singles player to compete at state since Charlie Larson did three straight years from 1994 to 1996.

Ripon High School senior Ryan Long has no regrets about his performance at the WIAA State Tennis Individual Championships.

And that’s all he cares about.

Despite losing to Peter Jaeger of St. More High School 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the championships last week Thursday, Long is proud about how he held his own.

He was the first Ripon singles player to compete at state since Charlie Larson did so three-straight years from 1994 to 1996.

“I had a really tough draw,” Long said of his match at state. “The kid [Jaeger] was seeded and ended up taking fifth place, so it kind of

made my loss feel not so bad.”

Long, who returned to tennis this season after taking a year off to play golf, admitted nerves were present during the match at state.

It was played in front of a much larger audience than he is accustomed to. The match took place at Madison’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Read the full story in the June 6, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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