Geneseo’s Shawn DePauw and Alec Cheek/Daniel Rowley were crowned conference champions May 11-12 at the NIB 12 Conference Tennis Meet as the Leafs claimed second-place honors as a team.
“It was going to be a tall order for us to be champions, going in four points down to LaSalle-Peru,”?said head coach Kevin Reed.?“L-P had all the No. 1 spots so it was going to be tough to gain those four points, but that is why we play the tournament. I am very pleased with how the tournament went.
“We have the No. 1 singles and doubles champions and that shows we have the two best teams in singles and doubles.”
DePauw captured the conference championship in No. 1 singles by defeating his Sterling opponent, 7-5 and 6-0 and Yorkville opponent, 6-3 and 6-3. In the championship match, DePauw beat his DeKalb opponent, 6-3 and 6-3.
“Shawn was seeded No. 2 and faced some No. 6 and No. 7 seeds who were very good,” said Reed.?“Shawn played excellent and was really hitting the ball well. He definitely deserved it with the way he played.”
Cheek/Rowley took the No. 1 doubles conference championship with wins over DeKalb, 6-3 and 6-0 and Ottawa, 6-1 and 7-5 in the earlier rounds. The duo knocked off LaSalle-Peru for the title, 4-6, 7-6 and 6-1.
“Alec and Daniel didn’t have as easy of a road as Shawn did. They lost a couple of their first sets, but were able to turn it around,” said Reed. “They also were able to fend off two match points. They were down to the wire a couple of times, but came back to win.”
Doug Menozi/ Trevor Specht placed second in No. 3 doubles with wins over Streator, 6-3 and 6-4 and Yorkville, 4-6, 7-6 and 6-3. Menozi/Specht fell in the championship match to LaSalle-Peru, 0-6 and 2-6.
Connor Vandersnick finished in third place at No. 2 singles.
Vandersnick won his opening match, 6-1 and 6-1 over his Sterling opponent, but fell in the next match to his Ottawa opponent, 4-6 and 1-6. Vandersnick earned the third-place finish by forfeit.
Max Hurliman/Seth Stewart ended the meet in fourth place. They won their opening match over DeKalb, 5-7, 6-2 and 6-2, but lost in the next round to Ottawa, 3-6 and 5-7. The duo fell in the third-place match to Yorkville, 6-3, 0-6 and 0-6.
“We did a nice job of coming out and competing the best they could,” said Reed.
Geneseo at Moline Invite
The Leafs placed eighth at the May 5 Moline Invite.
Results from singles’ play are as follows: Connor Vandersnick, No. 1, lost 0-6 and 2-6; won 6-2 and 6-2 and won, 6-1 and 6-1, while Jacob Stimes, No. 2, lost 0-6 and 2-6 and 0-6 and 0-6.
Page 2 of 2 - Doubles’ results included: Shawn?DePauw/Daniel?Rowley, No. 1, won 6-0 and 6-0; lost 4-6 and 1-6; and won 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, while Max Hurliman/Alec Cheek, No. 2, won 6-3 and 6-1; lost 2-6, 7-5, 1-7; won 6-3, 6-7 (5-7) (10-4) and lost 7-5, 4-7 (7-10).
The Leafs will compete at the Rock Island Sectional at 2 p.m. today and 9 a.m. May 19 for a chance to advance to state.
“We are going to see the Western Big 6 schools, Dixon, Sterling and Sterling Newman,”?said Reed. “We saw all those teams this season so we shouldn’t have any surprises. We just need to play really good tennis to get as many to state as we can.”