The Geneseo High School tennis team continues to move in the right direction as the Leafs captured two non-conference wins and a conference victory this past week.
Geneseo vs. Streator
The Leafs were back on the road April 13 as they traveled to Streator to face the Bulldogs. Geneseo made the trip worthwhile as the Leafs swept the competition, 9-0.
“As far as last night, we’ve been playing three matches and each match we have been getting better and better,” said head coach Kevin Reed. “Last night, we put things together, worked on our game and took advantage of our opponents’ weaknesses.”
The doubles duo of Blake Croegaert/Daniel Rowley captured the 6-4 and 6-3 win in No. 1 doubles, while teammates Taylor Mighell/Shawn?DePauw earned a 6-0 and 6-0 win in No. 2 doubles. Max Hurliman/Josh Ward won the No. 3 doubles match by a score of 6-0 and 6-0.
Mighell started off singles action with a 6-0 and 6-0 victory in the No. 1 spot, followed by Croegaert with a 6-2 and 6-1 win at No. 2.
Hurliman won his match, 6-2 and 6-1, while Rowley took a 6-1 and 6-4 victory. Ward finished the night with a 6-2 and 6-1 win, followed by Ben Rudy with a 6-1 and 6-2 victory in the No. 6 spot.
In fresh/soph action, the Leafs defeated Streator, 8-1.
Winning their singles matches were DePauw, 8-1; Alec Cheek, 8-1; Doug Menozi, 8-4; Trevor Specht, 8-0; Tyler Craig, 8-0; and Tyler Rusk, 8-0.
The doubles team of Menozi/Craig were defeated in No. 1 doubles, 8-6, while Specht/Mark Sliz won 8-1 and Cheek/Rusk were victorious, 8-0.
Geneseo vs Macomb
In their first home match of the season, the Leafs captured an 8-1 win over visiting Macomb.
The doubles teams started the night off sweeping all three matches.
Croegaert/Rowley took the No. 1 match, 6-1 and 6-1, followed by Mighell/DePauw, 6-0 and 6-0; and Ward/Paul West with a 6-1 and 6-1 victory.
In singles action, Mighell earned the 6-0 and 6-0 win in the No. 1 spot, followed by Croegaert at No. 2 with the 6-2 and 6-0 victory.
Hurliman won the No. 3 match, 6-0 and 6-2, while Rowley took the No. 4 contest, 6-3 and 6-1.
Ward suffered Geneseo’s lone loss of the night, 6-4, 4-6 (8-10), while DePauw won the No. 6 singles match, 6-1 and 6-1.
Geneseo vs. UTHS
On April 8, the Leafs traveled to East Moline to face the UTHS Panthers in a non-conference showdown. Geneseo shut out the Panthers, 9-0.
In singles action, Mighell notched a 6-1 and 6-2 win in the No. 1 spot, while Croegaert won 4-6, 6-2 (10-4) in No. 2 singles.
Page 2 of 2 - Rowley earned a 6-0 and 6-2 at the No. 3 singles spot, followed by West with a 7-5 and 6-1 win over his No. 4 singles opponent.
Rounding out the win in singles action were Hurliman with a 6-1 and 6-2 victory and Ward, 6-3 and 6-2.
Mighell/Croegaert teamed up for a 6-0 and 6-1 win in No. 1 doubles play, followed by Rowley/West with a 6-0 and 6-0 win and Hurliman/Ward, a 7-5 and 6-0 victory.
“We’ve been playing some teams that are not as experienced as us,” said Reed. “And right now, we need to work on our technique so when we play those teams that are more advanced, we have those skills.”
The Leafs (3-0 overall) will next face Mendota on the road at 4:30 p.m. April 19.