Three champions and two runners-up helped propel the Geneseo boys’ tennis team to a NIB 12 Conference Championship May 17.

Three champions and two runners-up helped propel the Geneseo boys’ tennis team to a NIB 12 Conference Championship May 17.

“This is the first outright conference title in tennis,” said head coach Kevin Reed. “The boys are very excited about that. Winning all our dual matches in conference to be two points ahead of Ottawa and then to have everyone in the finals was outstanding.”

Connor Vandersnick captured the No. 1 singles’ crown with a record of 3-0. He opened with a 6-0 and 6-1 win over LaSalle-Peru’s Luke Hartauer, and then defeated Yorkville’s Austin Carney, 6-0 and 6-0. In the championship match, Vandersnick defeated Rochelle’s Brendan O’Rorke, 6-4 and 6-1.

Bryce Gramling/Luke Verplaetse nabbed the No. 1 doubles’ title with a record of 3-0. The duo took down Morris’ Mark Kijowski/Matt Borgstrom, 6-1, 6-6 and 7-3, and beat Sterling’s Dustin Stoudt/Zak Khan, 6-3 and 6-3. In the championship match, Gramling/Verplaetse defeated LaSalle-Peru’s Drake Bruhns/Zach Giovanine, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-3.

Brice Piotrowski Tyler Williams earned Geneseo third title with a record of 3-0 and No. 2 doubles. The duo won their first match over Rochelle’s Miguel Astudillo/Mario Belmonte, 6-0 and 6-1, and went on to beat Streator’s Colby Orban/Tanner Haar, 6-2 and 6-4. In the championship match, Piotrowski/Williams defeated Ottawa’s Alex Koziel/Tyler Lukkari, 6-1 and 6-0.

“I was not expecting to have everyone in the championship round,” said Reed. “The first two rounds we didn’t lose a set, and the guys did what they needed to do. Going into conference, I told them they needed to get their seed or better and everyone got their seed or better.”

Brock Piotrowski took home second place with a record of 2-1. He won his first match over Dixon’s Zach Healy, 6-1 and 6-3, and beat Yorkville’s Richard Swistara, 6-1 and 6-2. In the championship match, Piotrowski fell to Ottawa’s Luke Winchester, 2-6 and 3-6.

Ben Rowley/Eric Dellett finished second at No. 3 doubles with a record of 2-1. The duo opened with a 6-2 and 6-2 win over Dixon’s Andy Clark/Brandon Helfrich, and beat LaSalle-Peru’s Cody O’Brien/Alex Strickler, 6-3 and 6-1. In the championship match, Rowley/Dellett fell to DeKalb’s Daniel Ghoulski/Gabe Olalde, 4-6, 6-4, 6-6 and 5-7.

The Leafs will be in IHSA Sectional action at Rock Island May 23 and 24.

“They played really well at conference and now they just need to keep that going into sectionals,” said Reed.