The Geneseo boys’ tennis team had a busy week this past week where the Leafs were able to claim three big conference victories.
Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
The Leafs slid past visiting LaSalle-Peru in NIB 12 action April 30, 3-2.
“I am very pleased about that win because L-P is one of the favorites in the conference,” said head coach Kevin Reed. “They were tied with us for second, but now we have moved into a tie for first with that win. I am very pleased with the singles and No. 3 doubles wins.”
Shawn DePauw and Connor Vandersnick both grabbed wins in singles’ play. DePauw won No. 1 singles, 6-0 and 6-0, and Vandersnick was victorious at No. 2, 6-0 and 6-0.
“Shawn and Connor won pretty handily last night,” said Reed. “Shawn was on his game last night, and Connor faced one of L-P’s subs, who was no match for Connor.”
Brice Piotrowski/Tyler Williams captured the Leafs’ third win of the match at No. 3 doubles, 6-2 and 6-2.
“At No. 3 doubles, we have two sophomores who won pretty handily last night, and that just goes to show our depth on the team,” said Reed. “They are really playing well.”
Jacob Stimes/Luke Verplaetse suffered a 6-3 and 6-2 loss at No. 1 doubles, and Bryce Gramling/Seth Stewart lost the No. 2 match, 6-3 and 6-4.
Geneseo vs. Princeton
Geneseo knocked off host Princeton April 29 by a score of 4-1.
Gramling was victorious at No. 1 singles, 6-1 and 6-0; while Stewart won at the No. 2 spot, 7-5, 4-6 (10-8).
In doubles’ action, DePauw/Vandersnick teamed up for a 6-1 and 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles; while Brice Piotrowski/Williams won the No. 3 match, 6-2 and 6-0. Stimes/Verplaetse suffered Geneseo’s only loss, 6-0, 4-6 (4-10).
Geneseo vs. Ottawa
The Leafs notched another win in conference play April 26 with a 4-1 victory over host Ottawa.
“That was a huge match Friday night among the top leaders in the conference, and getting a win over those top teams is very important,” said Reed.
DePauw claimed a win at No. 1 singles, 7-6 (7-5) and 6-2; followed by Vandersnick with a 6-2 and 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles for the sweep.
Gramling/Stewart won No. 2 doubles with a 6-4 and 6-3 victory; while Piotrowski/Williams were victorious at No. 3 doubles, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 and 6-4.
Stimes/Verplaetse suffered at 6-3, 6-7 (8-10) and 4-6 loss at the No. 1 spot.
Geneseo vs. Dixon
Page 2 of 2 - Geneseo rebounded from a loss the night before and defeated Dixon on the road, 3-2 April 25 in conference play.
DePauw and Vandersnick swept the singles’ matches for the Leafs — DePauw won 6-0 and 6-0 and Vandersnick was victorious, 6-1 and 6-2.
Stimes/Verplaetse notched Geneseo’s third win at No. 2 doubles, 6-4 and 6-3.
Gramling/Stewart suffered a 6-3 and 6-1 loss at No. 1 doubles; while Payton DeMay/Sam Alexander fell, 6-4 and 6-3.
Geneseo vs. Yorkville
The Leafs were edged out by visiting Yorkville April 24 by a score of 3-2.
DePauw and Vandersnick gave the Leafs their only wins of the night in singles. DePauw won the No. 1 spot with a 6-0 and 6-0 victory; while Vandersnick took the No. 2 match, 6-4 and 6-1.
In doubles, Gramling/Stewart lost, 1-6 and 0-6; Stimes/Verplaetse fell, 1-6 and 1-6; and DeMay/Alexander were defeated, 5-7 and 1-6.
Pleasant Valley Invite
Geneseo placed second April 20 at the Pleasant Valley Invite.
DePauw took second in No. 1 singles with opening wins of 8-2 and 8-3. He lost the championship match, 8-0.
Vandersnick also took second at No. 2 singles with wins of 8-0 and 8-2. He fell in the championship match, 9-8 and 8-6.
Gramling went 1-1 in No. 3 singles, winning 8-2, but later losing, 9-7. Stimes lost his first match at No. 4 singles, 8-5; while Verplaetse went 1-1 with a win, 8-4 and a loss, 8-3. Stewart finished 1-1 with an 8-3 win, but a 8-1 loss.
DePauw/Vandersnick took second at No. 1 doubles with 8-0 and 8-1 victories, but lost in the championship.
Gramling/Stewart finished 1-1 with an 8-5 win, but an 8-3 loss; while Stimes/Verplaetse had an 8-4 win, but an 8-5 loss.
The Leafs will be in action today at 3:30 p.m. at the Moline Invite.
“I always like to win, but to be more realistic, we like to try to be in the Top 10, which is a good goal for us,” said Reed. “With 16 teams, there are some very, very talented teams with a lot of players who go to state. The biggest reason why we go to this meet is to get more experience and see a lot of good teams.”