Wolverines, Lions Tennis Prepared for Tournament

    The West G boys tennis team traveled May 5 to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin for a dual match against the Lions.

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    The West G boys tennis team traveled May 5 to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin for a dual match against the Lions.

    In a very evenly contested match, the Wolverines narrowly beat the Lions 3-2.

    West Geauga’s Michael Wenger claimed the first singles match by winning both sets 6-0, 6-0. Overall, Wenger was happy with his performance and felt he was hitting his backhands and serves very well.

    In the second singles match, the Wolverines’ Trent Unger won 2-1. After losing the first match 4-6, Unger won the next two sets.

    Today’s match, it went well,” Unger said. “The first set, I lost 4-6, and then second and third set (I won) 6-0, 6-0.

    Really tough start. Eventually I pulled through and started to consistently take points off.”

    Unger explained the important tactical adjustments he made to adjust to his opponent’s serve. These important changes allowed Unger to win his second and third sets.

    Really it was just kind of hitting it lighter, blocking it a little because it had a lot of speed on it,” he said. “And on the second serve, I would step up a lot closer since it would have a higher bounce, and then (I would) take a sharp angle on it.”

    Also, Unger discussed the importance of his serves throughout the match.

    My serve game, it went pretty well,” he said. “I got a lot of my first serves in, which I am happy about.”

    West G also won the third singles match.

    West G’s Andrew Philip lost the first set, but came back to win the second and third sets, 7-6, 7-6, to seal the victory for the Wolverines.

    After West G won the first, second and third singles matches, NDCL won the first and second doubles matches.

    The Lions’ Antonio Vitale and Joshua Landgraf won the first doubles match, 7-5, 4-6 and 6-4.

    The second doubles match was claimed by the Lion’s Ben Daher and Ben Tripodo in two sets.

    Today’s match did not go as planned, but we were able to make some good strokes,” Daher said. “We just have to get back to fundamentals.”

    Added Tripodo, “West G was a great opponent, and it was good competition, but we ended up winning today.”

    Overall, Joe DiMattia, West G’s head boys tennis coach, said he has been pleased with his team’s performance this season.

    We’re in a pretty tough league: we play Orange, Chagrin, Hawken and Beachwood, which are all very good schools,” DiMattia said. “We win the matches that we should win, and we compete in most of the other matches we play.

    Sectionals is coming up next week, (and) we have the CVC tournament this weekend. I told the guys all season, you know, we play some tough matches during the season, it’s only going to help us during sectionals. So hopefully we make a good run.”

    The Wolverines and Lions compete again in the OHSAA tennis sectionals the week of May 9.

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