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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • GHS trio heads to state finals

  • Geneseo’s Connor Vandersnick and doubles’ duo Brice Piotrowski and Tyler Williams punched their tickets to the tennis state finals with fourth-place finishes at the Rock Island Sectional May 23-24.
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  • Geneseo’s Connor Vandersnick and doubles’ duo Brice Piotrowski and Tyler Williams punched their tickets to the tennis state finals with fourth-place finishes at the Rock Island Sectional May 23-24.
    Vandersnick earned his spot in the finals after winning his first round match over Galesburg’s Ryan Fernando, 6-0 and 6-2 and second round match over Sterling’s Nitz, 6-2 and 6-1. He suffered a loss in the semifinals to Moline’s Darsh Kurani, 4-6, 6-4 and 3-6. In the third-place match, Vandersnick withdrew from the competition due to an injury.
    “The way Connor has been playing overall this season got him the No. 2 seed in the sectional, and he only had to win two matches to get to state,” said head coach Kevin Reed. “Connor came back on Saturday and played a really tough Moline player. Connor was winning the third set, but then hit a shot and ended up cramping up.”
    Brice Piotrowski/ Williams opened play with a 6-1 and 6-0 win over Galesburg’s Whitle/ Puthenveetil, and knocked off UT’s Cahalan/Osborne, 6-1 and 6-1 in the second round. In the semifinals, the duo fell to Moline’s Pranav Puri/Justin Rumley, 0-6 and 0-6. Piotrowski/ Williams placed fourth after they were defeated in the third-place match by Galesburg’s Kyce Stewart/ Jackson Wetherbee, 3-6 and 2-6.
    “Brice and Tyler also had to win two matches to get to state, and they both have been playing really good tennis throughout the whole season,” said Reed. “They earned a No. 4 seed, and on day two, they ran into Moline’s No. 1 team and they were very good. It was a good learning experience for Brice and Tyler to see that next level they need to get to.”
    Brock Piotrowski won his first-round match over Galesburg’s Gabe Wiherall, 6-0 and 6-2, but fell in the second round to Alleman’s Mark McLaughlin, 0-6 and 2-6.
    Bryce Gramling and Luke Verplaetse were knocked out of competition early when the duo fell in the prelims to Princeton’s Hicks/Lorenzen, 4-6 and 6-7 (9).
    “I am very proud of the team,” said Reed. “Having the season we have been having by winning conference, going undefeated in the regular season, and taking two groups to state is unbelieveable. Everyone is excited and these guys are really working hard.”
    Vandersnick, Brice Piotrowski and Williams will compete in the state finals in Arlington Heights May 29-31.
    “I know Connor wants to win a couple matches (at state) and make it to Friday’s competition,” said Reed. “Brice and Tyler just want to go down and play really good tennis, and win a match or two.”
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