WALKERTON — Tuesday’s Northern State Conference meet at John Glenn was a match-up of two young squads. In the end, it was the slightly more experienced Falcons who claimed the victory, handing visiting LaVille losses on all five courts for their second NSC win.
“Any time you get a conference win it’s something to hang your hat on. We’ve got a tough conference this year and an inexperienced squad. We’ve got a couple seniors, but we have five sophomores, so we’re still building up a little bit and getting the guys some experience. It’s a good win,” said Glenn tennis coach Chris Horvath.
“A couple of the kids got their second and third wins of the year. We play some tough competition, so it’s good to get them a win every once in awhile.”
Falcon senior Joe Jaworski put away Lancer freshman Brandon Haisley in two 6-0 sets at 1 singles, and Glenn’s sophomore doubles tandems of Calvin Kretchmer and Evan Rhodes and Hunter Jaworski and Drew McDonald shut out LaVille’s doubles lineup in two 6-0, 6-0 decisions. Lancer junior Chris Nicodemus took a game from Glenn sophomore Drew Sheffer before succumbing 6-1, 6-0 at 3 singles as the home team quickly sewed up the win.
“One of the things that we have to focus on is just trying to work hard and trying to make sure that our balls are in play. We’re so inexperienced. We have three new players on our team that have had zero experience, so it makes it really difficult when you have to put a team together; the continuity is all messed up,” LaVille coach Michael Sumpter said. “But our battle isn’t so much what’s on the score card but just the little things that make the difference — doing the chopping step, making sure the racket’s back, those are our battles. A team like Glenn that has a little bit more experience, they’re battling for other things. They’re battling for what’s on that score card.”
One bright spot for the Lancers came at 2 singles, where first-year junior Pierce Frick took four games from Glenn senior Ben Weiss in a 6-2, 6-2 decision.
“That was definitely a match for him where he improved a lot,” said Sumpter of Frick. “He’s a player that just came to us like two weeks before the season even started, and he’s got a natural ability for the game. The problem is, it’s two weeks before and it’s hard in that little bit of time. But he has determination, he wants to see it through, he wants to keep working hard, and he’s willing to run down those balls. He can anticipate shots; he may not take the right type of shot but he takes a shot through that anticipation, and that’s why he’s able to take those couple games.”
“Chris Nicodemus played a lot better today than he did yesterday, so he’s slowly getting better. Eric Eggerbrecht had a bad first set at doubles, but he bounced back and had a good second set,” Sumpter added.
Glenn improves to 4-6 with a 2-3 conference slate with Tuesday’s win. The Falcons are hoping to keep the momentum rolling as they host Rochester tonight before resuming NSC play with a home meet against Triton Monday.
“We’re just kind of looking to build some momentum. Playing Rochester, hopefully we can look to get another win tomorrow and take it to Triton on Monday,” Horvath said.
LaVille’s inexperienced lineup remains winless at 0-9 with an 0-4 league mark, meanwhile, and will play host to Bremen tonight.
“Going into the next matches, we just want to keep the ball in play. This match was a chance for us to get some balls and do some good things,” said Sumpter.
“Today we improved in our second sets, so tomorrow we’ve got to take that improvement and just keep building and getting better.”
• JOHN GLENN 5, LaVILLE 0
Singles: 1. Joe Jaworski beat Brandon Haisley, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Ben Weiss beat Pierce Frick, 6-2, 6-2; 3. Drew Sheffer beat Chris Nicodemus, 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: 1. Calvin Kretchmer-Evan Rhodes beat Adam Baker-Matt Dickson, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Hunter Jaworski-Drew McDonald beat Eric Eggerbrecht-Dennis Feitz, 6-0, 6-0.
Records: Glenn 4-6 (2-3 NSC), LaVille 0-9 (0-4 NSC)