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  • The Geneseo boys’ tennis team captured two wins this past week in conference and non-conference action.
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  • The Geneseo boys’ tennis team captured two wins this past week in conference and non-conference action.
    Geneseo vs. Streator
    The Leafs knocked off host Streator in conference action April 4 by a score of 4-1.
    Shawn DePauw and Connor Vandersnick swept singles’ play, both winning their matches, 6-0 and 6-0.
    Jacob Stimes/Luke Verplaetse nabbed a 4-6, 6-1 and 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles; while Payton DeMay/Sam Alexander took the 6-2 and 6-4 victory at No. 3. Bryce Gramling/Seth Stewart fell at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 5-7 and 2-6.
    “Overall, the guys did a really nice job,” said head coach Kevin Reed. “One thing we are looking at this year is where are other teams playing their best players. Streator played their two best players at No. 1 doubles, and Bryce and Seth did a really nice job the first set, but Streator got on a roll to win.”
    Geneseo vs. UT
    In non-conference action April 3, the Geneseo tennis team swept visiting UT, 9-0 in the Leafs’ homeopener.
    “It was amazing and I am stunned we beat UT, 9-0,” said Reed. “I give the credit to the players. We won No. 1 doubles easily, but the second and third doubles teams lost the first sets and it looked like things weren’t going our way. Our players turned it around and it was unbelieveable that they were able to come back and win.”
    The Leafs grabbed the first three wins in doubles’ play from DePauw/Vandersnick, 6-0 and 6-1 at the No. 1 spot; Gramling/Stewart, 5-7, 6-3 (10-8) at No. 2 and Stimes/ Verplaetse, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 (10-8).
    In singles’ action, DePauw grabbed a 6-2 and 6-1 victory at No. 1; while Vandersnick took the No. 2 match, 6-1 and 6-1, and Gramling was victorious at No. 3, 3-6, 6-4 (10-4).
    Stewart earned a 6-4, 1-6 (10-4) win at No. 4; followed by Verplaetse with a 6-2, 2-6 (10-1) win, and Stimes a 6-1 and 6-3 victory at No. 6.
    “I am not surprised we won, but winning 9-0 is unbelieveable because we had a lot of close matches,” said Reed. “Our guys really came through and fought.”
    The Leafs will be on the road next against Galesburg at 4:30 p.m. April 15.
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