The Geneseo boys’ tennis team went 2-0 this past week with a win over conference foe, Streator at home and a road victory over UT.
Geneseo vs. Streator
The Leafs returned home April 10 where they nabbed a 4-1 conference win over Streator.
“Overall, I think the guys did a really nice job,” said head coach Kevin Reed. “Coming back from spring break, I was a little nervous, but we came back and played really good, sound tennis.”
Geneseo’s doubles team swept the Bulldogs with wins from Shawn DePauw/Daniel?Rowley in the No. 1 spot, 6-2 and 6-0, followed by Alec Cheek/Max Hurliman with a 6-1 and 6-0 victory in the No. 2 match. Doug Menozi/Trevor Specht took their match by a score of 6-3 and 6-0.
“Right now, we may have found our doubles’ teams, but the meshing together we are still working on,” said Reed. “It looks like we are playing really well, but we have some things to work on to get even better. They are playing good tennis, but we will have some tougher matches coming up where they will have to perform well.”
Connor Vandersnick was victorious in No. 1 singles with a 6-0 and 6-0 win, while Bryce Gramling suffered the only loss of the night at No. 2 singles, 2-6 and 2-6.
The freshmen/sophomore team escaped with a 3-2 victory April 10.
Luke Verplaetse won his singles match 11-10 (10-5), while Brice Piotrowski was victorious, 10-8, and Brock Piotrowski/Brian Bozzer won 10-5.
Tyler Williams/Henry Dethelfs lost their match 9-11 and Logan Lanphere/Payton Demay fell, 6-10.
In non-conference action April 4, the Geneseo tennis team earned a 9-0 road win over UT.
“These matches are the opportunities that, once we get a lead, we try to work on different things to prepare us for future matches and work on some things for when we play tougher competition,” said Reed. “I know some of the guys were a little bit tired because you go from playing one match in conference to all of a sudden playing two.”
Sweeping singles play were Vandersnick at the No. 1 spot with a 6-0 and 6-2 victory over Eric Rico, followed by DePauw at No. 2, claiming a 6-0 and 6-2 win over Kolby White.
Hurliman won the No. 3 match, 6-0 and 6-1 over Stephen Golden, while Cheek was victorious in the No. 4 match, 6-0 and 6-3 over Taylor Mack.
In the No. 5 match, Specht claimed a 4-6, 6-2 (10-3) win over Ryan Cahalan, while Gramling defeated Remy Halen, 6-4 and 6-3 in the No. 6 spot.
Teaming up for three wins in doubles play were DePauw/Rowley, 6-1 and 6-1, followed by Cheek/Hurliman with a 6-2 and 6-1 in the No. 2 match.
Gramling/Specht won the No. 3 doubles match, 6-4 and 7-5.
“Alec and Max are getting use to each other as a doubles’ team, but they also are pretty good singles players and this gave them a chance to play singles,” said Reed. “We have some guys who really enjoy singles matches.”
The Leafs will next host Galesburg at 4:30 p.m. April 16 at Richmond Hill.