He made Friday night's prom last until dawn, but Centreville senior Dan Scrafford was less successful at trying to extend this morning's tennis match.
Playing on no sleep after getting home from the prom just in time for the three-hour drive to the Old Dominion University courts, Scrafford lost, 6-2, 6-4, to Dustin West of E.C. Glass in the Virginia AAA singles championship match. Overpowered by West's big serve in the first set, Scrafford played a strong, competitive second set before watching West blast his ninth ace on match point.
"I think I played pretty well," said Scrafford, who will play at the University of Richmond next year. "Really, it's a thrill just playing for a state championship, and I played as good as I could."
Scrafford looked sharp and energetic after a long night -- "You can't miss your senior prom," he said -- and he gave West his toughest challenge of the tournament. West, a junior at the Lynchburg school, defeated W.T. Woodson All-Met David Emery, 6-0, 6-1, in a Friday semifinal. Emery had beaten Scrafford twice during the regular season and then in the Concorde District and Northern Region title matches.
"He's got the best serve I've ever gone up against," Scrafford said. "I started timing it a little better in the second set, but I still couldn't do a lot with it."
West also teamed with Colin Malcolm to win the state doubles title, beating Great Bridge's Chip Howard and Matt Graham, 6-3, 6-0. The singles and doubles titles completed a clean sweep for E.C. Glass, which beat Douglas Freeman, 9-0, last week for the state team championship.