Boys Tennis: Jacobson latest Trevian to win No. 1 singles at CSL South meet
New Trier's Rob Jacobson in a singles match during a CSL South tennis meet in Evanston, Friday, May 11, 2012 I David Banks~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 29, 2012 8:18AM
Rob Jacobson didn’t break much of a sweat in winning his first CSL South singles championship.
The New Trier senior played one match Friday and watched from the sideline Monday at Evanston as fellow finalist Sam Hoogland of Glenbrook South defaulted with an ankle injury.
Jacobson would have loved to work in at least one more match at singles before testing the singles field at this weekend’s sectional tournament at New Trier. A state-caliber doubles player, he earned his new role recently after Jared and Aron Hiltzik quit the team.
Jacobson had been looking forward to making another run at the state tournament with brother Nate. The identical twins played doubles together the last two seasons, finishing fifth in the state as juniors.
Rob Jacobson’s goals haven’t changed.
“Still the same, to win every match I play,” the Tufts recruit said. “It will take a lot of hard work, and I will have to play the best tennis of my life. But it’s a possibility. I just want to put the team in a position to three-peat as state champions.”
Jacobson did his part to help the Trevians capture the league’s team title. New Trier won five of the seven brackets to claim the championship over Glenbrook South.
Since moving to No. 1 singles, Jacobson has been working on his conditioning.
“It’s been a little bit of an adjustment,” he said. “I need to get my singles legs back under me. It hasn’t been too difficult.”
In fact, Jacobson said playing doubles has assisted him at singles.
“I’m thinking more,” he said. “I’m playing singles with a doubles mind-set. It’s been good.”
Jacobson said the hardest part has been watching brother Nate play without him. Rob was at Evanston on Monday when Nate and David Laser lost an epic three-set match to Glenbrook South’s Michael Sellitto and Michael Levin in the finals at No. 1 doubles.
“I am more nervous now because I can’t do anything to help him,” Rob said. “This was supposed to be our last hurrah together because I am going to Tufts and he’s going to Cornell. We wanted to play together one more time and be able to win our last match.”
New Trier coach Tad Eckert was proud of how his team rallied to win the league title.
“It shows you how tough we can be,” he said. “We pride ourselves on our depth, and that’s something the kids embrace.”