It was a great day on the courts for the boy’s varsity tennis team as they competed with several teams from across Northeast Ohio at the boy’s Division 1 Sectional Tournament at Oberlin College.
The doubles team of senior, Joe Bertrand and junior, Marco Grgurevic advanced to the quarter-finals. Bertrand played second singles this season and Grgurevic played at the top singles position. Together, they played strong and well enough to get to the elite eight at Oberlin. They had straight set wins up to the quarterfinals and it took at strong team from Avon Lake to eliminate them from the tournament. It was a great run and one of the best showings in many years for the Bulldog netters.
The Bulldogs also had first round wins from freshman Adam Mader and senior, Grayson Stallman. Both wins were long two hour matches and tough three set wins that included tie-breakers for each. It was sheer determination that got both Bulldog their impressive wins.
Jon Kopp and Evan Toth faced the number three seed from Westlake in the first round. There was a match delay from the Westlake opponents, but the match finally got played. Kopp and Toth gave it a great effort and much grit, but the Westlake team won and moved on to the next round.
Nathan Mader took on a top seed from Westlake as well. Mader played an exciting hard-hitting match. Many points were ten shot rallies and Mader won several with his ability to cover the courts and his long reach. It was a great effort by Mader, but the win went to Westlake.
” I could not have been more proud of my entire team. They showed how tough they can be both physically and mentally as they competed in long matches in one of the hottest days of our season. This is a special team of young men that love to play tennis, are great teammates to one another and are such great assets to the sport. They personify what it means to be an outstanding student athlete, every time they walk on the courts. Additionally, our doubles team that got to the final eight, played some terrific tennis and gave it their all. They can hold their heads high knowing they did their best. We have a few more matches left to our season and we are all going to enjoy every minute. This is what high school sports are all about and I’m so proud to be a part of it every single day.”