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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Leafs prevail vs. Cavaliers

  • The Geneseo tennis team earned two more conference wins and one non-conference victory in action this past week.
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  • The Geneseo tennis team earned two more conference wins and one non-conference victory in action this past week.
    Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
    Despite the 5-0 final score, the Leafs were locked in a close battle with host LaSalle-Peru May 6, but managed to prevail to earn the conference win.
    “There was a point where I thought we were in trouble,” said head coach Kevin Reed. “We won No. 2 doubles easily, and Connor won easily, but our No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles won their first set pretty easily and then lost the second set pretty good so the momentum was not in our favor, and No. 3 doubles also was losing.
    “It was very scary for us because, at one time, we were thinking we could win this and then we were saying we need to fight back. All three of those positions did a very nice job of finishing strong and winning. Yes, it was 5-0 in favor of us, but it could have easily been 3-2 in favor of LaSalle-Peru.”
    Connor Vandersnick shut out Luke Hartaver, 6-0 and 6-0; while Brice Piotrowski/Tyler Williams made quick work of Aaron Pellican/Mason Clark, 6-3 and 6-2.
    Brock Piotrowski earned a 6-0, 3-6 and 6-0 win at No. 2 singles over Alex Strickler; followed by Bryce Gramling/Luke Verplaetse with a 6-3, 2-6 and 6-2 victory over Drake Bruhns/Zach Giovanine, and Ben Rowley/Eric Dellett with a 4-6, 6-2 and 6-3 win against Cody O’Brein/Darien Fletcher.
    The freshmen/sophomore squad suffered a 3-2 loss to the Cavaliers.
    Earning wins were: Ethan Pullman, 10-4 and A.J. Miller/Will Chaney, 10-2.
    Keaton Darin fell, 5-10; while Elliot Koster/Conner Welch lost, 7-10 and Grant Chaney/Sam Welch were defeated, 6-10.
    Geneseo vs. Princeton
    In non-conference action May 5, the Leafs defended their home turf with a 4-1 win over Princeton.
    “The first thing was we showed perseverance, and it was another match we really had to gut out,” said Reed. 
    Vandersnick and Brock Piotrowski swept singles’ play. Vandersnick defeated Elliott Beetz, 6-0 and 6-0; while Piotrowski edged Ian Nichlas, 6-3 and 7-5.
    Brice Piotrowski/Williams grabbed a 6-4 and 6-0 victory over Brady Frank/Lucas Bauer at the No. 2 spot; while Rowley/Dellett defeated Ryan Jensen/Josh Wray, 6-3 and 6-1 in the No. 3 match.
    Gramling/Verplaetse suffered the only loss of the night, 6-3, 4-6 (9-11) to Zach Jicks/Tyson Lorenzen.
    Geneseo vs. Dixon
    On Senior Night in Geneseo, the Geneseo tennis team swept visiting Dixon, 5-0 in conference action May 1.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We were pretty dominant in that match with Dixon and it was a good way to honor the seniors with a good victory,” said Reed.
    Vandersnick shut out Sam Bratt in the No. 1 match, 6-0 and 6-0; while Brock Piotrowski defeated Zach Healy, 6-2 and 6-2 in the No. 2 spot.
    “One of Connor’s goals this season is to have a very low games lost record in conference, and he probably has five games lost in conference this year. That is amazing and a very tough goal,” said Reed. “He always goes out there and competes, and is always helping out in practice. Having him on varsity for four years has been great, and we are going to miss him.”
    Seniors Gramling/Verplaetse beat John Brechon/Scott Heath, 6-3 and 6-1 in the No. 1 doubles’ match; followed by Brice Piotrowski/Williams with a 6-0 and 6-0 victory. Rowley/Dellett knocked off James Bass/Christian Hicks, 6-1 and 6-1.
    In F/S action, the Leafs narrowly escaped the Dukes, 3-2.
    Darin fell at No. 1 singles, 7-9; while Pullman lost, 3-8.
    Koster/Conner Welch were defeated, 5-8; while Grant Chaney/Sam Welch won 8-1 and Miller/Will Chaney were victorious, 8-3.
    The Leafs will be in action today at 3:30 p.m. in the Moline Invite.
     
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